• 10 Francs 1929-1939, KM# 878, France
  • 10 Francs 1929-1939, KM# 878, France

Engraver: Pierre Turin


Laureate head (Marianne ) right.

Marianne is a national symbol of the French Republic, an allegory of liberty and reason, and a portrayal of the Goddess of Liberty. It is a significant republican symbol, opposed to monarchy, and an icon of freedom and democracy against all forms of dictatorship. Her profile stands out on the official government logo of the country, is engraved on French euro coins and appears on French postage stamps; it also was featured on the former franc currency.

The Phrygian cap is a soft conical cap with the top pulled forward, associated in antiquity with several peoples in Eastern Europe and Anatolia, including Phrygia, Dacia, and the Balkans. In early modern Europe it came to signify freedom and the pursuit of liberty through a confusion with the pileus, the felt cap of manumitted (emancipated) slaves of ancient Rome. Accordingly, the Phrygian cap sometimes is called a liberty cap.



Denomination above date, inscription below, grain columns flank. Date between a cornucopia (the logo of the Paris Mint) on the left and a torch (privy mark of Henri-Auguste Patey, Chief Engraver at the Paris Mint from 1896-1930) or a wing (privy mark of Lucien Georges Bazor, Chief Engraver at the Paris Mint from 1930 to 1958) on the right

Liberté, égalité, fraternité (French for "liberty, equality, fraternity") is the national motto of France and is an example of a tripartite motto. 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.



10 Francs

3rd Republic
KM# 878 Schön# 205
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Material Silver
Fineness 0.680
Weight 10 g
Diameter 28 mm
Thickness 2.01 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Paris Mint (A)

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