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Serge Pelletier submitted this review of Monnaies francaises 1789-2009 by Victor Gadoury. Thanks! -Editor


Title Monnaies francaises 1789-2009
Edition 19th
Author PASTRONE, Francesco
Publisher Editions Victor Gadoury
Year 2009
Language French
Illustrated Yes, black and white
No. of pages 448
Size 5 3/4 x 8 1/4” – 15 x 21 cm
Binding Hardbound
ISBN 2-906602-34-5
Price 29 euro

Monnaies francaises is France's equivalent to A Guide Book of United States Coins. Funny enough, it is also nicknamed "Le Rouge" (the Red). First published in 1973 by Victor Gadoury, a Canadian military man who became a professional numismatist following his discharge in Germany and who would ultimately set up shop in Monaco. Gadoury passed away in 1994 and the publishing firm was purchased by two of his long-time contributors: Francesco Pastrone and Romolo Vescovi.

Le Rouge contains information of all French coins since 1789 presented in chronological order by denomination (smallest to largest). This information includes: metal, fineness, weight, diameter, edge, engraver and privy marks. Mintage figures are provided by date and mint mark for each denomination, with the current values in euro for five grades.

Also includes obsidional coinage for the sieges of Mainz and Antwerp and special sections on commemorative coins, coins of Monaco (1819-2009), coins of Corsica (1736, 1762-68), coins of Saarland (1954-55), and a detailed illustrated guide for all privy marks.


Published on odd years, this high quality book is well worth the investment for all interested in the subject. For more information or to order, please contact the Editions Victor Gadoury at 57, rue Grimaldi, 98000 Monaco.

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