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France 10 and 20 Centimes  1941 to 1944
France 10 and 20 Centimes 1941 to 1944

These coins were minted in zinc during the years of World War II. Like most coins made of zinc, they tend to deteriorate very rapidly. They become dark, pitted, and generally ugly. If you can find one in good shape, you've got something. The 1944 date of a 20 centimes is special.

10 CENTIMES
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $1
well preserved: $2
fully uncirculated: $7
10 centimes dated 1943 are more rare; multiply these values by two

20 CENTIMES DATED 1941 TO 1943
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $1
well preserved: $4
fully uncirculated: $10

20 CENTIMES DATED 1944
worn: $20 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $30
well preserved: $100
fully uncirculated: $250

The coin in our picture is a superb example of a 1944 uncirculated specimen. It sold for 180 euros (about $140 US dollars) during a 2010 auction by iNumis in Paris. CoinQuest thanks iNumis for use of their coin photo.

Always be sure to read our Important Terminology page to find out how to convert catalog values to actual buy and sell values. Coins that are stained, scratched, pitted, cleaned, or otherwise damaged are worth almost zero.

Coin: 19247 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: macker, Sat, 16-May-2015 19:03:47 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sun, 17-May-2015 00:08:46 GMT
Requester description: 1943 this looks like the 1941 on the front. But where the back that says VINGT above the hole on the 1941, my 1943 says 20 only directly above the hole and VINGT does not appear anywhere.

although the coin seems dirty and tainted, the imprints seem unworn down 20 centimes front: etat francais
back 20 centimes 1943
Tags: france 10 20 centimes centime gaul francaises francais french rf francaise francie franciaise franciase fance francai fran fracaise cmes front etat vingt hole only down grain wheat leaves leaf grains wheatie weat wheats leafs leave leaved leafed leafy leavs

  

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