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France 5, 10, 20, and 25 Centimes  1914 to 1945
France 5, 10, 20, and 25 Centimes 1914 to 1945

Interesting coin, Blah. The hole adds character (sort of). The big RF stands for 'Republic Francaise' the French Republic, and 'Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite' means Liberty, Equality, and Brotherhood.

These coins come in four denominations, 5, 10, 20, and 25 centimes. Most of them you see are in poor condition and carry low value. As always, coins in fully uncirculated condition are worth much more than circulated coins. There are a few *good dates* listed below.

Here is a run-down of approximate catalog values in US dollars for these coins. Coins must look like the picture on this page to carry these values:

5 CENTIMES
worn: less than $1 US dollar catalog value
average circulated: about $1 US dollar
well preserved: $4
fully uncirculated: $8
coins dated 1914 are very rare and are worth 100s of dollars
coins dated 1927 are worth about $15 in avearge circulated condition

10 CENTIMES
worn: less than $1 US dollar catalog value
average circulated: about $1 US dollar
well preserved: $4
fully uncirculated: $8
coins dated 1914 are very rare and are worth 100s of dollars
coins dated 1917 and 1928 are worth about $20 in avearge circulated condition

During the years of World War II, the 20 centime coin was issued without the large RF and an Etat Francaise (the French State) inscription. These were issed in zinc and iron.

20 (vingt) CENTIMES with Etat Francaise
worn: $1 US dollar catalog value
average circulated: $2
well preserved: $8
fully uncirculated: $30
coins dated 1944 are worth about $50 in average circulated condition

20 CENTIMES with large RF, dated 1945 and 1946
worn: $5 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $10
well preserved: $20
fully uncirculated: $60
coins with B mint marks are worth 100s of dollars
coins with C mint marks are worth 10s of dollars

25 CENTIMES with large RF
worn: less than $1 US dollar catalog value
average circulated: about $1 US dollar
well preserved: $2
fully uncirculated: $8
coins dated 1914 and 1915 are worth about $12 in average circulated condition
coins dated 1916 and 1917 are worth about $100 in avearge circulated condition
coins dated 1936 and 1940 are worth about $20 in average circulated condition

All the values above are catalog values. Use our Important Terminology link to convert these values to actual buy and sell figures.

Coin: 712 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: blah, Wed, 24-Jun-2009 11:14:49 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Mon, 13-May-2013 12:43:31 GMT
Updated by CoinQuest, appraisal ok, Thu, 09-Oct-2014 22:09:29 GMT
Requester description: 1919 THED WRITING SAYS LIBERTE EGALITE FRATERNITE
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Comments

Is 10 Centimes of 1905 year is rare or 1914 as I had found one dated 1914 with dealer at reasonable price of 400 Indian rupees - Gurkirat
Gurkirat -- This page applies only to coins that look like the picture at the upper right. The coin catalogs tell us that France issued two types of 10 centimes coins in 1914. The one that looks like the picture on this page, with the hole, is very rare. The other has no hole, is made of copper, and is not rare. For a summary of the 10 centimes without a hole see this CoinQuest page [Press Here]. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I have a 20 centimes dated 1963. Can i sell it? - vin
Yes, you can sell it, but it takes work. See our page about selling coins. It gives three different methods for selling. You must choose one of these methods. CoinQuest does not buy coins. Click to this page [Press Here]. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I have a 1918 25 c me I was wondering what it's value is.
- chuck
If it looks like the picture on this page, then the value is shown on this page. The value goes up and down, depending on condition. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I have a circulated 5c piece from 1914. How would I find out its value? - Sandy
If your coin looks like the one in our picture, it is a rare piece. It is so rare coin catalogs do not publish a value. We looked in our professional database of auction results and found one which sold for $3800 US dollars in a 2010 auction. If you would like to send a picture of your coin, we can probably give you a decent estimate of value. To do so, start an e-mail exchange using the Contact button at the top of the home page. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I have a 1918 Liberte Egalite Fraternite 25 in mint condition. I have researched many sites but none have this date. They all have 1915-1917 then they skip to 1936. How can I find out what it is worth?
That's odd. But you are right. I searched around our competitors and had difficultly finding much information. It must be some kind of glitch, as values of French 1918 25 centimes are well established. Here's a page on Numista [PRESS HERE]. The famous Krause catalog calls out these values for your coin:

worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated (VF): less than $1
well preserved (XF): $1.50
fully uncirculated: (MS60): $3.50

BTW, the best method for finding values of a specific coin is to go to eBay. Use the 'completed listings' feature and find your coin there. Actual auction prices are the best indication of a collector coin's value. At CoinQuest, we use catalogs some of the time, but most of the time we use actual auction results. There are professional (cost money) coin databases that show auction results for thousands and thousands of collector coins.
- CoinQuest (Paul)

  

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