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Tunisia 5 Centimes 1920 Reduced size KM# 245
« on: September 26, 2009, 03:17:43 PM »
Tunisia 5 Centimes 1920
FRENCH PROTECTORATE
Muhammad al-Nasir Bey 1906-1922
Nickel-Bronze, 17 mm
Reduced size
KM# 245

Why the coin has been reduced in size?
Material shortage or not to be confused with the 10 centimes coins?

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Re: Tunisia 5 Centimes 1920 Reduced size KM# 245
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2009, 12:18:16 AM »
While this is a Tunisian coin, the denomination is in centimes of the old French Franc. The French Franc was much weakened in the first world war. Silver coins had disappeared from circulation and the small denominations contained enough nickel to melt them at a profit. In 1917, the French small coins were replaced by copper-nickel. This was apparently not enough to save the 5 centimes from the melting pot, as in 1920, their diameter was reduced from 19 to 17 mm and their weight from 3 grams to 2 grams (law of 8th August 1920). Since the Tunisian coins were struck in the same metal and weight as the French coins, they were treated alike. However, while the small French coins were struck unchanged until 1938, when they were again made lighter, the Tunisian coins are a one year type, because Muhammad V an-Nasir died on 10th July 1922 and new type 5 centimes were struck again only in 1931.

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Re: Tunisia 5 Centimes 1920 Reduced size KM# 245
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2009, 12:07:55 PM »
Thank you Peter, for this detailed information.

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Re: Tunisia 5 Centimes 1907, KM# 235 Muḥammad V al-Nāṣir Bey of Tunis
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2015, 11:43:25 PM »
The 1907 version of the 5 centimes
5 grams, 25 mm