Essai in maillechort of the 20 centimes (1887), 16 sections

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Reverse legend

LIBERTÉ – ÉGALITÉ – FRATERNITÉ _ (privy mark) ESSAI (privy mark) / 20 _ CENTIMES _ (mint)

RÉPUBLIQUE – (star) – FRANÇAISE _ (year)

beam left of the bust and olive branch on the right.

Transformed photo of a coin sold by (modification of the color for better visual rendering of the original result. Adding of the beam and olive branch), link to the sale and their website:,fmd_238082,a.html.

Année Atelier G F XF 40 AU 58 MS 63 MS 65
1 1887A - - - 350 500 ?

This coin does not seem to exist in a state of conservation inferior than AU or superior to MS 63.

If you have a more worn copy than the known minimum conservation state, remove aproximately 30 percent for each lower conservation state. In the opposite case, you probably have the best known copy, as long as the coin is not sold, we can not know what price will be obtained in auction.

Just like the type with 16 and 20 sections, I find that the weight may vary slightly and the diameter also. For the 24 sections, this variation is very slight: 24.10 mm. For the 20 sections, I note (still according to the information provided by that the diameter goes from 23.00 mm to 23.45 mm. For the 16 sides the diameter seems to vary only very slightly, one coin saw at with 24.21 mm. Are the blanks really fluctuating in size? Or is it the measurement capabilities of a difficult shaped blank, which cause these variations?