Saturday, April 16, 2011

The 1945 French Franc. Due to inflation and warfare it was made of some pretty cheap stuff.

The 1945 French Franc was made when a country was regaining it's freedom and it's own coinage again. It had been under the control of Germany from 1940 till 1944. In 1945 some of the old coins came back. Not as silver, gold or bronze. Nope it came back in Aluminum! In fact for the first few years after WW2 much of the coinage was mainly aluminum. By the time we get into the 1950's and early 60's, copper, bronze, silver, and steel were used for the coins of France.

A beautiful coin made of a very lightweight and inexpensive material