Vichy France, 2 francs, 1943

Axis money, a little bit of World War II history.

Vichy France, 2 francs, 1943 (KM #904.1)


After the fall of the French Third Republic to invading Nazi forces in 1940, a pro-German government was set up in Vichy. Philippe Petain led France as an effective puppet state of the Third Reich until the French republican government returned from exile in 1945. The Vichy regime minted coins from 1941 to 1944, all in either aluminum or zinc. The lack of mintmark on this coin indicates that it was struck at the mint in Paris. Mintage in 1943 is 3,000 shy of 107 million, making this a common coin.

So far, this is the oldest coin featured here.

Metal Aluminum
Weight 2.2 g
Diameter 27 mm
Thickness 1.7 mm
Engraver L. Bazor
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment
Demonetized yes

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6 Responses to “Vichy France, 2 francs, 1943”

  1. BRENT MANUEL Says:

    I HAVE A 1 FRANC COIN JUST LIKE THIS EXCEPT IT IS FROM 1945. IS THIS RARE AND HOW MANY WERE MINTED IN 1945. IT HAS LB TO THE RIGHT OF THE AX AND NO MINT MARK ON THE LEFT. I WAS TOLD THIS MEANS IT WAS MINTED IN PARIS. DOES ANY ONE KNOW THE VALUE.

  2. deeplogic81 Says:

    You are correct that the lack of mintmark indicates that the coin was minted in Paris.

    As for the year 1945, I need you to check something about the coin. Take a look at the obverse of the coin. If it bears a head facing left, then your coin is KM#886a, and is common. If it really does have the axe on the obverse, and really is KM#904, then your coin is very unique… no Vichy 2-franc coins from 1945 have ever been reported before!

    Thanks for asking!

  3. Scott Fisher Says:

    I HAVE THIS COIN, WHAT IS IT WORTH?

    • deeplogic81 Says:

      This coin is no longer legal tender in any nation, including France, so there’s nowhere you can spend it. The melt value of its aluminum content is worth less than half a US cent. And this is a common world coin, so collector demand is very low. (The Vichy government minted these in such quantities that “axe franc” coins are still common to this day.)

  4. Don Says:

    I have a salt and pepper shaker dated 1945 France with these coins in the base., They are cone-shaped..Any history on these?

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