France, 1 franc, 1988 (De Gaulle)

What’s this… a commemorative?

France, 1 franc, 1988 (De Gaulle) (KM #963)

Yes, this coin commemorates the 30th anniversary of the death of Charles De Gaulle, WWII leader and man who dominated French politics in the Forties and Fifties. This franc is meant to circulate, kind of like our bicentennial quarters. The mintage of the De Gaulle franc is 49,908,000, and it is no longer legal tender.

EDIT: Wikipedia says De Gaulle died in 1970, not 1958, so I’m not sure what point in De Gaulle’s life this coin commemorates.

Metal Nickel
Weight 6 g
Diameter 24 mm
Engraver E. Rousseau (reverse)
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 02-17-2002

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