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France 20 and 50 Centimes and 1, 2 and 5 Francs 1849 to 1895

 Date: 1872 
 Mint mark: not apparent 
 Size: medium 
 Description from requester: FACE: Republique Francaise; Ceres; one star above female head; tiny name underneath neck (?)'E. A. OUDINET' Reverse: wreath; Liberte Egalite Fraternite 
 [Request 5613 received from Mary, Monday, 20-Sep-2010, answered by Paul] 
 [Updated by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Tuesday, 20-Nov-2012] 

France 20 and 50 Centimes and 1, 2 and 5 Francs 1849 to 1895 | 20 france 2 5 50 1 wreath ceres queen woman silver head star one oudinet egalite neck fraternite franciase francais The Republic of France issued 50 centimes and 1, 2, and 5 francs coins in silver during the period from 1870 to 1895. These coins bear the image of Ceres, Roman goddess of growing plants, and she was a popular theme for coins and stamps. According to Wikipedia, Ceres appeared on the first French postage stamp. Other coins of the period have themes different than Ceres, e.g., Napoleon, but this page applies only to Ceres coins.

The coin in the picture is a nice one. It comes from respected eBay seller Lockdales-of-Ipswich and CoinQuest thanks them for letting us use their image. Most of these old francs you see are in worse shape than Lockdales, showing heavy wear and unappealing appearance.

Value-wise, these coins are somewhat scarce and command decent value when in good condition. Here is a run-down of approximate catalog values for these nice old silver coins:

20 CENTIMES WITH CERES BEFORE 1871:
worn: $3 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $10
well preserved: $25
fully uncirculated: $50
20 centimes dated 1849 catalog at $400 in well preserved condition
20 centimes dated 1850 with BB or K mint marks (not A mint mark) catalog at $120 in well preserved condition

20 CENTIMES WITH CERES DATED 1889:
this is a very rare coin, worth at least $5000

50 CENTIMES WITH CERES BEFORE 1871:
worn: $8 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $20
well preserved: $40
fully uncirculated: $150
50 centimes dated 1849 catalog at $600 in well preserved condition
50 centimes dated 1850 with BB or K mint marks (not A mint mark) catalog at $250 in well preserved condition

50 CENTIMES WITH CERES AFTER 1870:
worn: $8 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $20
well preserved: $40
fully uncirculated: $150
50 centimes dated 1888, 1894, and 1895 are more common and worth about one-quarter these values

1 FRANC WITH CERES BEFORE 1871:
worn: $20 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $50
well preserved: $100
fully uncirculated: $250
1 franc dated 1849BB and 1849K (not 1849 with A mint mark) catalog at $600 in well preserved condition

1 FRANC WITH CERES AFTER 1870:
worn: $6 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $10
well preserved: $30
fully uncirculated: $100

2 FRANCS WITH CERES BEFORE 1870:
worn: $100 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $300
well preserved: $600
fully uncirculated: $1200
2 francs dated 1849BB and 1849K (not 1849 with A mint mark) catalog at $1000 in well preserved condition

2 FRANCS WITH CERES BUT WITHOUT LIBERTE, EGALITE, FRATERNITE AROUND WREATH:
worn: $50 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $100
well preserved: $300
fully uncirculated: $800

2 FRANCS WITH CERES AFTER 1869 WITH LIBERTE, EGALITE, FRATERNITE:
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $20
well preserved: $60
fully uncirculated: $200
2 francs dated 1873 are worth about twice these values
2 francs dated 1888 are worth about three times these values

5 FRANCS WITH CERES BEFORE 1870:
worn: $20 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $60
well preserved: $150
fully uncirculated: $400
5 francs dated 1852BB catalogs at a whopping $2750 in well preserved condition

5 FRANCS WITH CERES BUT WITHOUT LIBERTE, EGALITE, FRATERNITE AROUND WREATH:
worn: $80 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $200
well preserved: $600
fully uncirculated: $1200

5 FRANCS WITH CERES AFTER 1869 WITH LIBERTE, EGALITE, FRATERNITE:
worn: $20 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $30
well preserved: $50
fully uncirculated: $100
5 francs dated 1870A, 1871A, and 1872A are worth about four times these values
5 francs dated 1878A (not 1878K) catalog at $2000 in well preserved condition
5 francs dated 1871K and 1872K catalog at $700 in well preserved condition

Remember that the values above are approximate catalog values and must be properly interpreted to convert them to actual buy and sell values. Use our Important Terminology page (link at upper left) for more information.

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