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  • 50 Francs 1974-1980, KM# 941, France
  • 50 Francs 1974-1980, KM# 941, France
  • 50 Francs 1974-1980, KM# 941, France, Legend begins at the level of the beltline of the goddess of Hercules’ at left (KM# 941.2)

Depicts the figure of Heracles stands between two female personifications, who unites Freedom (carrying a staff with a Phrygian cap on top) and Equality (holding an archipendulum, which stands for equality of all citizens) with the inscription of unity and power. Heracles stands in the center protecting the two women and wearing the skin of the Nemean Lion which, in the legend of the twelve tasks, granted him the gift of invulnerability. The name of the engraver in the exergue.

Heracles was a divine hero in Greek mythology, the son of Zeus and Alcmene. He was the greatest of the Greek heroes, a paragon of masculinity, the ancestor of royal clans who claimed to be Heracleidae and a champion of the Olympian order against chthonic monsters. In Rome and the modern West, he is known as Hercules, with whom the later Roman Emperors, in particular Commodus and Maximian, often identified themselves.

Engraver: Augustin Dupré



Depicts two entwined branches, oak and laurel, with the legend reading ‘French Republic’. In the center the denomination. The date is in the exergue.

Mint mark: Cornucopia, horn of plenty (Paris Mint - Paris until 1972 or Pessac from 1973).

Privy marks of the Mint's Chief Engravers:
• Owl - Raymond Joly (1962-1974)
• Dolphin - Emile Rousseau (1975-1993)

· 1974 ·


50 Francs

5th Republic
KM# 941 Schön# 237
Material Silver
Fineness 0.900
Weight 30 g
Diameter 41 mm
Thickness 2.7 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Alt # KM# 941.1, KM# 941.2
Paris Mint (A)

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