France, 10 francs, 1954-B

Here’s an oldie….

France, 10 francs, 1954 B (KM #915.2)


The venerable French franc, dating back to the days of the French Revolution, finally met its end in 1960, when it was revalued 100 to 1. Francs became centimes, and centimes became scrap metal. That is why this old ten-franc coin is made to the same specs as the 10-centime coin that replaced it in 1962; they both had the same legal tender value. Now, thanks to the euro, all franc-era coins are worthless for spending.

The B mintmark on this coin specifies the Mint in Beaumont, but which one of the several Beaumonts in France I cannot tell.

Metal Aluminum bronze
Weight 3.04 g
Diameter 20 mm
Thickness 1.64 mm
Engraver G. Guiraud
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment
Demonetized yes

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