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  • 10 Francs 1988-2001, KM# 964.1, France
  • 10 Francs 1988-2001, KM# 964.1, France

Depicts the Spirit of Freedom statue, flanked with the letters R and F, the initials of the French Republic. The rim constitutes a striated geometrical pattern.

The Spirit of Freedom (Génie de la Liberté) by Augustin Dumont (1801-84) was installed on the top of the July Column designed by Jean-Antoine Alavoine (1776-1834), and completed, with some revisions, by Joseph-Louis Duc (1802-79). It was inaugurated 1840, when the sculpture was installed. Greened bronze, with a gilded globe and statue, the monument stands in the Place de la Bastille, Paris.

Monogram of Atelier de Gravure des Monnaies et Médailles (group of designers of the Paris Mint): Rosette (letters "agmm") near the engraver's name



Denomination above parallel lines, date with the mint mark at left and privy mark at right, surrounded by the national motto of France (Liberty, Equality, Fraternity).

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

Privy marks of the Mint's Chief Engravers:
• Dolphin - Emile Rousseau (1975-1993)
• Bee - Pierre Rodier (1994-2000)
• Horseshoe - Gérard Buquoi (2001)



5 groups of reeds

10 Francs

KM# 964.1 Schön# 259 Gadoury# 827
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Aluminium Bronze
Center Nickel
Weight 6.5 g
Diameter 22.86 mm
Thickness 2.1 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Paris Mint (A)

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