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France 50 Centimes and 1 and 2 Francs  1931 to 1959
France 50 Centimes and 1 and 2 Francs 1931 to 1959

France issued coins with this pattern in three denominations and two metals: 50 centimes, 1 franc, and 2 francs denominations, and aluminum-bronze and aluminum metals. Most common dates of these old French coins carry little value. These coins were minted in aluminum and aluminum-bronze, the latter sometimes mistaken for gold.

0.50, 1, 2 FRANCS, COMMON DATES (more valuable dates are shown below)
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog
average circulated: $1
well preserved: $2
fully uncirculated: $5

Below are the better dates and mint marks. If you have one of these special coins, you are doing a little better than the common date coins cited above.

50 CENTIMES, ALUMINUM BRONZE
1947: catalog value $100 in average circulated condition (see this CoinQuest page)

50 CENTIMES, ALUMINUM
1947 with B mint mark: $5 in average circulated (see this CoinQuest page)
there are other patterns which are not covered on this page

1 FRANC, ALUMINUM BRONZE
1935: $15 in average circulated

1 FRANC, ALUMINUM
1943: $1000 in average circulated (African colonial issue)

2 FRANCS, ALUMINUM BRONZE
1935: $20 in average circulated condition

2 FRANCS, ALUMINUM
1945 with B mint mark: $8 average circulated
1945 with C mint mark: $10 average circulated
1946 with B mint mark: $5 average circulated

Use our Important Terminology page (link at upper left) to interpret what we mean by 'catalog value.'

Coin: 2863 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: , Sat, 30-Jan-2010 05:30:53 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sun, 30-Mar-2014 16:17:24 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Sun, 17-Apr-2016 00:57:56 GMT
Requester description: 1941 Liberte Egslite Fraternite 2 Francs 1941
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Comments

I have a 2 Francs coin from 1945, but I can't seem to find either a 'C' or a 'B'. Where would you find them on a coin? - Gillian
The mintmark would be below the date and between the cornucopia - if there's no mintmark, your coin was made in Paris. - CoinQuest (Todd)

If its made in paris what is the value of a 1947? - john
Hey John, if it's not listed as one of the better dates and mintmarks, it's a common date. - CoinQuest (Todd)

  

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