Coin and Paper Money Collecting/Coin with hole in middle

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Can you tell me any information on a coin that has a hole thru the middle? On one side there is a R F with the hole between the letters on one side. The other side has Liberte-Egalite Fraternite 25 cmes 1930 on the other side. I would just like to know where its from and the value of it. I also have another one dated 1924.

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Amy, the RF on the one side stands for "Republique Francaise" or the Republic of France.  The coin is from 1930 before the second world war and is 25 centimes which was a quarter of a franc. It is made out of copper-nickel (the same material our nickel is made of). However, after the war, the French devalued all pre-WW II coins to 10% so that it has a face value today of 2.5 centimes, or less than a cent.  Checking my world coin catalog, neither the 1924 nor the 1930 dates are particularly scarce or of any particular value.  Jim

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Jim Lawniczak

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I will answer your questions about encased coins (lucky pennies), which are advertising and event tokens with coins, unually cents, struck with the token.

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Long time collector of encased coins and author of several articles on encased coins.

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TAMS, ECI (Encased Collectors International)

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TAMS -- several articles on encased coins, in particular the encased coins of the 1901 Buffalo Pan American Exposition
Casement -- many articles on encased coins

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