• 2 Centimes 1877-1897, KM# 827, France
  • 2 Centimes 1877-1897, KM# 827, France
Description

The French Third Republic was the system of government adopted in France from 1870 when the Second French Empire collapsed during the Franco-Prussian War until 1940 when France's defeat by Nazi Germany in World War II led to the formation of the Vichy government in France.

Engraver: Eugène-André Oudiné

Obverse

Laureate head of Ceres left, within beaded circle. Engraver's name below the portrait. Date below, between stars.

In ancient Roman religion, Ceres was a goddess of agriculture, grain crops, fertility and motherly relationships. She was originally the central deity in Rome's so-called plebeian or Aventine Triad, then was paired with her daughter Proserpina in what Romans described as "the Greek rites of Ceres". Her seven-day April festival of Cerealia included the popular Ludi Ceriales (Ceres' games). She was also honoured in the May lustratio of the fields at the Ambarvalia festival, at harvest-time, and during Roman marriages and funeral rites.

RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE
OUDINÉ
★ 1878 ★

Reverse

Denomination with the mintmark below, within beaded circle, surrounded by the national motto of France (Liberty, Equality, Fraternity). The mintmark is between privy marks of the Engraver General and the Mint Director.

Although it finds its origins in the French Revolution, it was then only one motto among others and was not institutionalized until the Third Republic at the end of the 19th century. Debates concerning the compatibility and order of the three terms began at the same time as the Revolution.

★ LIBERTÉ ★ ÉGALITÉ ★ FRATERNITÉ
2
CENTIMES
A

Edge

2 Centimes

3rd Republic
KM# 827 Gadoury# 105
Characteristics
Material Bronze
Weight 2 g
Diameter 20.2 mm
Thickness 0.9 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Alt # KM# 827.1, KM# 827.2
Mints
Bordeaux Mint (K)
Paris Mint (A)

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