In the aftermath of the French Revolution, in 1795, France instituted a decimal monetary system in which the value of the franc was set at 100 centimes. Gold francs of the early 1800s featured the bust of Napoleon, who ruled for a decade until 1814. Other coins of the 19th century included copper, bronze, and silver centimes, as well as silver and gold francs. Of particular interest to coin collectors are the 50-franc coins from the 1860s, which featured a bust of Napoleon III, his head crowned with a wreath.

Gold was no longer used for circulating French coins by the end of World War I, replaced by metals such as nickel, cupro-nickel, nickel and bronze, and aluminum and bronze. Coins in five-, 10-, and 25-centimes denominations were holed, and during World War II, the occupied Vichy government minted coins out of zinc and aluminum.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Ancient Coins: In Praise of the Celators!

Ancient Coins: In Praise of the Celators!

Dr. Tom Buggey’s Ancient Coins: In Praise of the Celators! focuses mainly on coins from Greek and Roman antiquity… [read review or visit site]

Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

Bi-metallic coins have been around since the 17th century, when a copper wedge was added to the English farthing to… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Most watched eBay auctions    

1786, Royal France, Louis Xvi. Beautiful Gold Louis Coin (7.6gm!) Xf-au!1809, France (1st Empire), Napoleon I. Beautiful Gold 20 Francs Coin. 6.39gm!1818, France (2nd Kingdom), Louis Xviii. Heavy Gold 40 Francs Coin. 12.89gm! Rare Ngc Ms67 ! 1861 Paris Mint ! Aleksander Ii Russia 15 Kopeks1803, France, Napoleon Bonaparte (as 1st Consul). Silver 5 Francs Coin. F-vf1700's France Gold Coins Collection Of 51825 France 20 Francs Gold Coin1848-a France 5 Francs Ms64+ Hercules High Grade Beauty! Nr1808, France (1st Empire), Napoleon I. Silver "fine Bust" ½ Franc. Pcgs Au-58!1830, France. Large "the Return Of Napoleon's Body To France" Medal. Pcgs Sp-62!France 5 Francs 1863bb Gold Coin. Jo-7621651, Royal France, Louis Xiv. Silver ½ Ecu (half French Dollar) Coin. Limoges!1704, Royal France, Louis Xiv. Large Silver Ecu Coin. Paris Mint. Overtype!France 10 Centimes 1855 W ~ Km#771 ~ Napoleon Iii Francaise (806)France,1st Empire Napoleon, 5 Francs, 1813-w Silver Coin AvfFrance, Napoleon Ii, 5 Francs, 1868-bb Silver Coin Gvf1965 France 10 Franc Pcgs Ms681781, Royal France, Louis Joseph. Silver "birth Of The Dauphin" Medal. Rare!1979 Piefort France Silver 50 Francs Ngc Pf-69 Ult. Cameo Piefort1652, Royal France, Louis Xiv. Large Silver Ecu (french Dollar) Coin. Rouen!France Collection Of 10x Silver Coins 19thcFrance, Napoleon, 5 Francs, Mm. A Paris, 1st Empire, An.12 (1802-03) Silver Coin1850-a France 20 Centime Pcgs Ms651811 France Napoleon Empereor 5 Francs Silver Coin Nice Condition No ReserveFrance, Louis Xvi, Ecu, Swan Under Bust, 1784-a, Silver Coin Af/fFrance Silver 1974 50 Francs (.900) 30 Grams With Certificate Of Authenticity Anglo-gallic - Henry Iv/v/vi Hardi D'argent1872-a France 1 Franc Silver Foreign Coin Free S/hScarce France, Louis-napoleon, 5 Francs, 1852-a Silver Coin Gf1846, French Guiana, Louis-philippe. Colonial Billon Silver 10 Centimes Coin. 1919 France 50 Centime Pcgs Ms66France 20 Gold Francs 1895a - Au/unc170?, Royal France, Louis Xiv. Scarce Silver ½ Ecu Coin. Caen Mint!France, Louis Xviii, 5 Francs, 1824-w Silver Coin Vf1803, France, Napoleon Bonaparte (as 1st Consul). Silver 5 Francs Coin. F-vf1549 France / Germany Besancon 1/2 Carolus Pcgs Ms631548 France / Germany Besancon Carolus Pcgs Ms62France 1897 A Gold 20 Francs *ngc Ms-64* Sharp Lustrous Looks Great Low Min BidFrance Metz Ar Gros 14th 16th Century Anonymous Issue Silver Rare Boudeau 1659France,1st Empire Napoleon, 5 Francs, 1808-a Silver Coin Gf1720, Royal France, Philippe D'orléans (as Regent Of The Kingdom). Bronze Medal.France, Napoleon Ii, 5 Francs, 1869-bb Silver Coin VfNewaspen3 - France 1986 100 Francs Statue Of Liberty Silver Piefort UncLot X3 1986 France Silver Statue Of Liberty 100 F Piedfort Bu Ultra Low Mintage 1731 Windward Islands 12 Sols ~ Isles Du Vent ~ France Colonial Francaise (820)1829 France Charles X 5 Francs Silver Coin No Reserve1659, Royal France, Louis Xiv. Silver 10 Sols (1/12 Ecu) Coin. Lyon Mint!France 1686 Louis Xiv Silver Coin 1700, Royal France, Paris (city). Silver "sainte-chapelle (holy Chapel)" Medal.France Silver Proof 1994 100 Francs (.900) 22.20 Grams Churchill Libertas Americana From Monnaie De Paris Silver Restruck 20061813, France(1st Empire), Napoleon I. Silver "battle Of Lutzen" Medal. Restrike!1774, Royal France, Louis Xv. Beautiful Medallic Silver Jetton/token/coin. Vf+France Coin, 1824 W, Lille Mint, 5 Francs Silver, Louis Xviii , Grade VfFrance, Napoleon Ii, 5 Francs, 1867-bb Silver Coin GvfFrance, Napoleon Ii, 5 Francs, 1870-a Silver Coin Vf1614, Chateau-renaud, François De Bourbon. Copper Double Tournois Coin. R!France 1986 Silver 100 Francs Piefort Outstanding Uncirculated1547, Royal France, Francis I. Silver ½ Teston Coin. Dijon Mint. Very Rare!France (1840) Essai 5 Centimes Ngc Ms66rb Finest Known No Reserve