France 5 and 10 Centimes  1898 to 1921
France 5 and 10 Centimes 1898 to 1921

Wow, Karen, what a gorgeous copper coin! They sure knew how to design coins back then.

[Aside: The US had 50 chances to design great looking coins during the Statehood Quarter program, one coin for each state. Instead, the designs adhere to political correctness and they try to cover as many 'pet projects' as they can. All the designs stink, in my opinion! Not one of them holds a candle to this French coin. Ok, enough political commentary. Back to business!]

This pattern was used on both the 5 centimes and 10 centimes from 1898 to 1921. Most of these coins are low in value, but there are a few good ones. The listings below give catalog values. Use our Important Terminology page to correctly understand what 'catalog value' means -- it is an inflated value.

worn: $2 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $4 US dollars
well preserved: $15
fully uncirculated: $100
5 centimes dated 1903 and 1905 catalog near $20 in average circulated condition
5 centimes dated 900 (missing the '1') were probably produced by a common minting error -- they command a good premium, as high as $50 in average circulated condition

worn: less than $1
average circulated: $1
well preserved: $4
fully uncirculated: $16
5 centimes dated 1921 are rare and catalog at $400 in average circulated condition

worn: $1 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $5 US dollars
well preserved: $15
fully uncirculated: $50
10 centimes dated 1905 catalog at $50 in average circulated condition

worn 1911: less than $1
average circulated: $1
well preserved: $8
fully uncirculated: $20
10 centimes dated 1921 catalog at $20 in average circulated condition

Since Karen describes her coin with 'gold coloring' it has probably been cleaned or polished with some type of corrosive substance. If so, its value to collectors goes to zero. Copper coins always tend to look gold or orange in color after a harsh cleaning.


Coin: 604 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Karen, Mon, 08-Jun-2009 23:53:28 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Fri, 27-Jun-2014 16:06:33 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Mon, 13-Jun-2016 02:03:06 GMT
Requester description: 1911 Lady with long hair on the front. Lady and child on the back.On the front it says Republique Francaise. On the back it says Liberte Egalite Fraternite 10 C 1911. Pretty good condition. Also, would like to know what it is made of. Thanks, Karen
Tags: france 5 10 centimes centime gaul francaises francais french rf francaise francie franciaise franciase francai fran fracaise cmes lady woman hair child republique republic liberte liberty egalite fraternite femal women female feminine fem womans females womens ladys princess ladies hairdo hairline boy girls childs boys baby kid girl children repub repbulique republik republ republican republicas republicia reipvblicae republiove republiek repvbliqve republica repvbblica republika rebublique repvblica republicans repvblique liberate libertas libertad libertao liberta libertate liberdad libertatis fraternity fratenite fraternit seat stool sit sitted sitting sits seated hat cap headdress helmeted hood caps headband hooded helmet bonnet helmit helmets


I have this same coin from 1920 except that there is a hole drilled above the date. Does anyone know what that means? - Owen
People usually drill holes in coins so they can wear them on necklaces or bracelets. This ruins all coin collector value, as the coin has become jewelry. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I have a 10c Coin, But. When you look at the front with head the right way up and flips it so is the backside upside down. Are all coins made that way? Its from 1903. - Chrille
That is normal for this coin. - CoinQuest (Paul)

Thanks for the awnser. Going to clean it up. - Chrille.
Ok. Soap and hot water only. No polish or steel wool. Cleaning ruins value. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I have a coin like this with the woman and child, but nothing on the reverse side. It is completely smooth. Also the side with the woman and child has no words on it. They look faint and scratchy, and I can only tell they are words from researching the coin. It is from 1921. I'm wondering if it is a misprint or a souvenir of some kind. Any ideas? - Liz
Well, Liz, it is either an error coin or a damaged coin. Error coins encounter problems at the mint and are supposed to be caught by mint workers, but some get through to circulation. Damaged coins are messed up by people after they have left the mint. Error coins can be valuable. Damaged coins carry no value. We would need to see a picture of your coin to try to figure out error/damage status. If yow want to send pictures, start an e-mail exchange with CoinQuest using the 'Contact' button at the top of the home page. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I have a coin with a woman sitting down holding something with a crown like object on her head, it's dated 1897 with 0.900 something can you tell me what I am looking at? - Khulz
If you'd like us to evaluate your coin for you, please click here and describe it for us. - CoinQuest (Todd)





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