1943 French 1 Franc

Wendy C. writes: I recently found a 1943 1 Franc. It is in good condition. This coin seems very lightweight. Do you know what this coin is made of and how many were made of that year? Also, is there any value to this coin?

There are four aluminum issues of a 1943 France, 1 Franc:

  1. Occupied France – Legends on the reverse read Liberte-Equalite – Fraternite. Mintage: 4,400 – Approximate value depending on grade – US $1,000 – $5,000.
  2. Vichy France – Legends read: Travail – Familie – Patrie. No Mint mark (Paris). Mintage: 205,564,000. Approximate value depending on grade and type: US 5 cents – $2.00
  3. Vichy France – same legends as above. Mint Mark: B-cornucopia (Beaumont). Mintage:68,082,000. Approximate value: US $3.00 – $60
  4. Vichy France – same legends as above. Mint Mark: C (Castelsarrasin) ( Mintage:74,859,000. Approximate value: US 10 cents – $3.00