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French Francs as Bullion

Post  AGgressive Metal on Tue Dec 22, 2009 1:48 am

From 1960 to 2000, the French half-franc, franc, and 2 franc coins were pure nickel. I see them as a great "bullion" coin to collect and hold on to. They also have a numismatic angle, as they have been replaced by the Euro and many have been redeemed and melted down. The weights are (I believe, from memory):

1/2 Franc: 4.5 grams
1 Franc: 6 grams
2 Francs: 7.5 grams

With nickel at $8 a pound, these are great little bullion pieces, imo.
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Post  Bluegill on Tue Dec 22, 2009 9:14 pm

I agree. Another of my favorites are the Dutch Guldens.

1 G: 6 grams.
2½ G: 10 grams.

The Netherlands Antilles versions are;

1 G: 9 grams.
2½ G: 14 grams.

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Post  Pennysaved on Sun Jan 03, 2010 8:56 pm

I picked up a bunch of Netherlands and Netherlands Antilles guilden at the coin store the other day 5 cents a piece.

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Post  Bluegill on Sun Jan 03, 2010 9:51 pm

Pennysaved wrote:I picked up a bunch of Netherlands and Netherlands Antilles guilden at the coin store the other day 5 cents a piece.
Nice. At that price I would have bought every single one they had in the building. How many were you able to get?

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Post  twocents on Sun Jan 03, 2010 11:56 pm

I have found some French 1/2 Francs in penny rolls. Will have to start searching the junk bins at the coin shop. Probably could be had cheap. I think it would be difficult to obtain them in bulk though. I would imagine they are hard to find in quantity.
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Post  Pennysaved on Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:50 pm

I picked up about 15 of each; not a lot.

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Post  PreservingThePast on Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:18 pm

AGgressive Metal wrote:From 1960 to 2000, the French half-franc, franc, and 2 franc coins were pure nickel. I see them as a great "bullion" coin to collect and hold on to. They also have a numismatic angle, as they have been replaced by the Euro and many have been redeemed and melted down. The weights are (I believe, from memory):

1/2 Franc: 4.5 grams
1 Franc: 6 grams
2 Francs: 7.5 grams

With nickel at $8 a pound, these are great little bullion pieces, imo.

Is the composition of a 5 francs from this same time period also pure nickel?

Thanks.

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Post  AGgressive Metal on Wed Jan 06, 2010 3:05 pm

No, the 5 Franc is nickel-plated cupro-nickel.
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