• 5 Francs 1870-1871, KM# 818, France
  • 5 Francs 1870-1871, KM# 818, 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.

Obverse

Depicts a laureate head of Ceres to the left, wearing a pearl necklace, a double bun and a composite crown of wheat, flowers, olive, oak and acorns, knotted with a ribbon descending on the neck and passing over the forehead where the word CONCOR is inscribed; under the slice of the neck engraver's name. Surrounded by the country name topped by a six-pointed star.

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.

Engraver: Eugène-André Oudiné

REPUBLIQUE * FRANÇAISE.
CONCOR
E.A.OUDINÉ.F.

Reverse

Denomination and date within a wreath.

Paris Mint: Mint Masters privy mark (bee, Renouard de Bussière, 1860-1879) on the left, letter A in the centre, a privy mark of Chief Engraver (anchor, Désiré-Albert Barre, 1855-1878) on the right.

Bordeaux Mint: Mint Masters privy mark (trefoiled star, Henri Delbeque, 1870-1878) on the left, letter K in the centre, a privy mark of Chief Engraver (anchor, Désiré-Albert Barre, 1855-1878 or letter M in star, Joseph Marchant Dupleny, 1870-1871) on the right.

Engraver: Joseph-François Domard

5
FRANCS
1871
K M

Edge

God Protect France

DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE

5 Francs

3rd Republic
KM# 818 Gadoury# 742
Characteristics
Material Silver
Fineness 0.900
Weight 25 g
Diameter 37 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Alt # KM# 818.1, KM# 818.2, KM# 818.3, KM# 818.4
Mints
Bordeaux Mint (K)
Paris Mint (A)

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