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France 1, 2, 5, and 10 Centimes  1852 to 1865
France 1, 2, 5, and 10 Centimes 1852 to 1865

This pattern with Napoleon appears on bronze French coins from 1852 to 1865. Below you will find a run-down that gives approximate catalog values for each denomination. Use our Important Terminology page (link at upper left) to convert these catalog values to actual buy and sell values. The *better date* coins below are worth a little more than the common coins shown. Multiply catalog values by two to get approximate *better date* prices.

1 (UN) CENTIME (14 mm diameter)
worn: $2 US dollars catalog value
average circulated (like our picture): $8
well preserved: $30
fully uncirculated: $70
Better date and mint marks are: 1854B, 1855B, 1855BB, 1856BB, 1855K, 1855A, 1856A, 1857A

2 (DEUX) CENTIMES (19 mm diameter)
worn: $2 US dollars catalog value
average circulated (like our picture): $4
well preserved: $10
fully uncirculated: $20
Better date and mint marks are: 1853A, 1853B, 1853BB, 1853K, 1853MA, 1853W, and all dates with D mint marks

5 (CINQ) CENTIMES (24 mm diameter)
worn: $4 US dollars catalog value
average circulated (like our picture): $10
well preserved: $25
fully uncirculated: $50
Better date and mint marks are: 1857A, 1857B, 1857BB, 1855K, 1857K, 1855MA, 1857MA, 1857W, and all dates with D mint marks

10 (DIX) CENTIMES (28 mm diameter)
worn: $5 US dollars catalog value
average circulated (like our picture): $12
well preserved: $25
fully uncirculated: $100
Better date and mint marks are: 1857B, 1857BB, 1855D, 1852A, 1853K, 1854K, 1855K, 1857K, 1853MA, 1857MA, 1857W, 1864A

Coin: 1117 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: karine, Tue, 25-Aug-2009 14:27:00 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 15-Feb-2014 13:19:57 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Tue, 08-Sep-2015 01:44:03 GMT
Requester description: 1855 Napoleon III Empereur 1855, profile of face with goethe other face of the coin: empereur francais, cinq centimes picture of an eagle, under it the letter A
Tags: france 1 2 5 10 centimes centime gaul francaises francais french rf francaise francie franciaise franciase fance francai fran fracaise cmes napoleon iii empereur emperor goethe cinq an eagle letter napolean napoleonic napoleone napoleanic imperaior emperer emperuer emporer emperur emperio emperado emperador empreradur eporor emperator cniq eaglets egals eable egal eagles eag ealge eagel leters letters lettering lettered circle beads dot un deux gothe gohte gotee beard dix circled encircle crrcle cirle circlet ring circles circlr circal citcle encircled ringed circumscibed cirlce circel encircles encircling rings circling cirlces circular cicurling circumscribed beaded period beading pionts point periods dots points bead tee goty goatee beared bearded hair arrow hawk falcon pearl hairdo hairline arows arrowheads aarows arrows pearls

Comments

I have a Napoleon 111 Empereur coin, with a Gotee Beard, with an Eagle on other side dated I believe 1856, with a Triangle Mark beneath, it could be questionable as a letter A, as almost flat,on turning the Coin over either side, the Eagle or Head is upside down to each other, - roman trejo
French coins use a lot of different mint marks. Most of them are small drawings, not letters. For instance, there is an anchor mint mark, a horse's head, a bee, a vase, a lion, and a torch, plus many more. They do not usually affect value. The orientation of back to front on your coin is normal. - CoinQuest (Paul)

good day i have one exacttly like the one mentiond. what would the value be on one like that - eric
Please read the page. - CoinQuest (Andrei)

I have a 1861 Dic centimes with what looks like a double B under the eagle. I can not find a value on this coin in circulated condition. Can you help? - Mike
Hey Mike -- your coin isn't on the list of better dates and mint marks, so the catalog value is as listed above - $12 in average circulated condition. - CoinQuest (Todd)

I have one of these with a German helmet dated 1857. dix centimes - looks like a k under eagle. - Liz
Very cool, Liz! - CoinQuest (Todd)

I have an 1855 K 5 Centimes, Krause suggest that there are (a) and (d) variations, how do I tell the difference? - Randy
Hey Randy -- these variations correspond to the privy marks, which are representative of the Engraver General who oversaw the use of a particular die on these coins. The 'a' privy denotes an anchor and the 'd' privy denotes a dog's head. Each of these marks can be found to the left of the date on the obverse of their respective coins; the coin shown in our article has the 'd' privy mark as it shows the dog's head. - CoinQuest (Todd)

Deux Centimes 1861 with triangle under Eagle.Good condition - stuart
Nice! These are cool old coins. - CoinQuest (Todd)

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