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10 francs FRANCE (1974-1987)

10 francs 1974-1987 - coins of France Coin edge
10 francs 1974-1987 - obverse to reverse alignment
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
26.0 mm 10.0 g 2.6 mm Cu92Ni6Al2
obverse:
in the coin centre stylised map of France with rays going from Paris; among rays letters: RF (République Française - French Republic); along the top edge: REPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE; along the bottom edge year of issue
reverse:
in the coin centre face value: 10 FRANCS; in the background pieces of industrial architecture - symbol of modern France
edge:
plain with concave inscription: LIBERTÉ ÉGALITÉ FRATERNITÉ (motto of France - liberty, equality, fraternity) divided by olive branch, laurel branch and cereal ear
issue date:
8 XI 1974
withdrawal date:
1 VII 1993
designer:
Atelier de gravure (group of designers of the Paris Mint) based on design of Georges Mathieu (stylised signature MATHIEU on the left side of the map in the obverse)
mint:
Paris Mint mark La Monnaie de Paris (The Paris Mint), Pessac (mint mark before year of issue in the obverse, after year of issue privy mark of mint's director Émile Rousseau - dolphin)
mintage:
1974 22 347 511 + 98 800 in annual boxed sets
1975 48 262 511 + 52 000 in annual boxed sets
1976 94 503 211 + 37 500 in annual boxed sets
1977 100 027 511 + 25 000 in annual boxed sets
1978 97 590 011 + 24 000 in annual boxed sets
1979 110 000 011 + 40 500 in annual boxed sets
1980 79 950 011 + 60 000 in annual boxed sets
1981 24 011 + 26 000 in annual boxed sets
1982 45 811 + 27 500 in annual boxed sets
1983 84 411 + 16 561 in annual boxed sets
1984 39 988 011 + 13 836 in annual boxed sets
1985 29 988 011 + 12 500 in annual boxed sets
1987 49 981 011 + 11 956 in annual boxed sets
mint marks:
Privy marks of the general engravers of the Mint of Paris, which can be found on French coins produced after 1944:
Lucien Bazor 1931-1958 privy mark of the engraver of the Paris Mint wing
Raymond Joly 1958-1974 privy mark of the engraver of the Paris Mint owl
Emile Rousseau 1974-1994 privy mark of the engraver of the Paris Mint dolphin
Pierre Rodier 1994-2000 privy mark of the engraver of the Paris Mint bee
Gérard Buquoy 2001-2002 privy mark of the engraver of the Paris Mint horseshoe
Serge Levet 2003 privy mark of the engraver of the Paris Mint heart
Hubert Larivière 2004-2010 privy mark of the engraver of the Paris Mint horn
Yves Sampo from 2011 privy mark of the engraver of the Paris Mint rosette
interesting facts:
The Paris Mint (La Monnaie de Paris) dating back to the 6th century is the oldest French institution, and some would say - oldest institution in the world. The mint office is located in the center of Paris in a complex called Hotel des Monnaies, which was opened on December 20, 1775. A cornucopia is the symbol placed on any coin minted by the Paris Mint from January 1, 1880. The second character visible on coins was a symbol of the general engraver (Graveur general). The tradition of this job dates back to 1547 when Henry II of Valois appointed a general engraver as the only person authorized to create the king's portrait. Only the design prepared by the general engraver could have been copied to the coins stamps in national mints. Starting from 2001, the heads of engravers workshop in the Paris Mint do not hold this traditional title anymore, but their privy marks still appear on French coins next to the mint mark.

The name of the French mint - La Monnaie de Paris - suggests that the plant producing coins is located in the French capital. This is however, only the company name and factories were placed in various French cities. At the moment, the only place producing coins of France (and of some other countries) is Pessac near Bordeaux.
last update: 20 XI 2013

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