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Live auction - fco_318710 - CAMEROON - TERRITORIES UNDER FRENCH MANDATE 2 Francs poids léger - Essai de frappe de 2 Francs Morlon - 8 grammes 1925 Paris

CAMEROON - TERRITORIES UNDER FRENCH MANDATE 2 Francs poids léger - Essai de frappe de 2 Francs Morlon - 8 grammes 1925 Paris MS
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Estimate : 600 €
Price : 310 €
Maximum bid : 310 €
End of the sale : 15 June 2021 18:34:11
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : 2 Francs poids léger - Essai de frappe de 2 Francs Morlon - 8 grammes
Date: 1925
Mint name / Town : Paris
Metal : bronze-aluminium
Diameter : 27,24 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 7,95 g.
Edge : striée
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Voile terne au revers
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : RÉPUBLIQUE - FRANÇAISE /1925.
Obverse description : Marianne à gauche, portant le bonnet phrygien et couronnée de lauriers.


Reverse legend : .TERRITOIRES . SOUS . MANDAT . DE . LA . FRANCE. / CAMEROUN / 2 - FR..
Reverse description : trois palmes dressées liées par un ruban.


Le problème de cette frappe, apparemment standard et ne portant pas la mention essai, est son poids, beaucoup trop léger et similaire à celui de la 2 francs Morlon. Si l’on remarque cette correspondance avec la Morlon, qui sera émise quatre ans plus tard, et que l’on constate l’existence de frappes de poids réglés sur les Morlon pour des 1 franc et 50 centimes de ce modèle, il n’est guère douteux que nous sommes en face des essais de flan de la série Morlon.

Historical background




The 1884 treaty, which had fought the Germans in Cameroon, was confirmed by the Berlin Congress the following year. Gustav Nachtigal occupied the new colony. In 1911, to address the Moroccan crisis, France ceded to the Germans part of the Congo, which is attached to Cameroon. The territory had 761,000 km2 and was populated by 2.5 million people in 1914 including 2,000 whites. The Treaty of Versailles (June 28 1919), Cameroon was occupied since 1916 by the French and British, becomes a mandate given to French. Cameroon is one of the first territories to join Free France 27 August 1940. At the end of the war, the mandate is converted into guardianship and Cameroon obtained its internal autonomy in 1958 and independence on 1 January 1960.

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