Scarce large colonial 5 cents, dated 1843, Louis Phulippe (1830-1848), Paris mint for circulation in the West Indies

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Bust of Louis-Philippe left / Denomination in wreath, mintmarks, date (1843) below, COLONIES FRANSAISES around. Paris mint. 27mm, 10.11 grams. KM #12

These coins  were not minted for a use in any particular French colony, but were intended for a general use in the West Indias - particularly Martinique, Guadeloupe and Saint-Dominique (Western Hispaniola). The coins were minted in France and shipped to West Indies - the mintage of these coins was usually quite small, and these coins are generally scarce.