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French Indochina 1937 Silver 10 Cent Piece

This coin is in great shape – I would grade it EF40 or higher. Many of the coins minted in French Indochina immediately before the Vietnam war saw very intense circulation in a tropical environment, so it’s not common to find high-end examples.

French Indochina 10 Cent Coin 1937 Obverse

French Indochina 10 Cent Coin 1937 Obverse

The obverse shows very classical portrayal of Liberty siting on a throne with her shoulders square on to the viewer and her legs turned away from her body to her right. She wears a crown with radiates (reminiscent of the divine crowns on late Roman coins), and holds a fasces in her lap with her right arm (the Fasces is a symbol of authority given by the senate in Rome). 2 boat anchors are visible under and behind the throne. The legend runs from 8:00 to 4:00 and reads “Republique Fancaise”. The date is at 6:00.

French Indochina 10 Cent Coin 1937 Reverse

French Indochina 10 Cent Coin 1937 Reverse

On the reverse, a wreath contains the denomination “10 Cent”. Around the wreath are the legend “Indo Chine Fraincaise” CW from 9:00 to 6:00 and “Titre 0,680 Poids 2 Gr .7” from 8:00 to 7:00 CCW.

Identification code: KM-16.2 (1937 single year of production)

Date: 1937

Mint Mark: n/a (all minted in Paris)

Mintage: 25,000,000

Country of origin: France

Composition: 68% Silver (Presumably 32% Copper)

Size: 19 mm diameter / 1.1 mm thick

Weight: 2.7 g (0.0590 Troy oz ASW)

Other details: The same obverse design was used on the 10 cent, 20 cent, 50 cent, and 1 piastre coins. Also; French Indochina no longer exists. Many of these French Indochinese coins are included in collections of Vietnamese, Thai, and Laotian coins.

Estimated Value: $2.25 with silver at ~$38/oz

French Indochina 10 Cent Coin 1937 Obverse

French Indochina 10 Cent Coin 1937 Obverse

French Indochina 10 Cent Coin 1937 Reverse

French Indochina 10 Cent Coin 1937 Reverse

US Philippines 1937 Centavo

I would grade this coin as Fine (F12).

On the obverse, a bare chested Filipino man is shown sitting next to the forge of freedom. The blacksmith is built like Adonis – with huge muscles  flexed in a spreadeagled pose. His elbow is on the forge, a Thor-like hammer is dangling from his right hand, and his left hand is on his left knee. The guy is staring off into the distance at  Mt. Mayon, an active volcano with smoke billowing from the crater. On the upper edge of the coin is the denomination “One Centavo” and on the lower perimeter is the word “Filipinas”. The engraver was Melecio Figueroa.

The reverse design features an eagle perched on a shield with a two register shield. The upper register shows a turret with vertical bars in the background. The lower register shows a rampant sea lion. This is the Philippine Commonwealth Seal (adopted in 1936). At the upper rim are the words “United States of America” and at the bottom is the year of issue.

US Philippines 1 Centavo 1927 Reverse

US Philippines 1 Centavo 1927 Reverse

US Philippines 1 Centavo 1927 Obverse

US Philippines 1 Centavo 1927 Obverse

Identification code: Philippines KM-179 (1937-1944)

Date: 1937

Mint Mark: no mint mark (Manila)

Mintage: 15,790,000

Country of origin: United States (US Philippines Territory)

Composition: Bronze (95% copper, 4% tin, 1% zinc)

Size: 23mm

Weight: 5.18g

Estimated Value: $1-2 in Fine condition