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2005

USNS-CRZ-C 001A “high relief”

Year: 2005
Metal: Brass
Condition:  Proof essai
Designer: Fred Zinkann
Mint:  Pressed Metal Products
Mintage: 25 pcs.
Weight: 4.85 grams
Diameter: 22 mm.
Denomination: 20 francs
Edge type: unreeded

USNS-CRZ-C 001B “high relief”

Year: 2005
Metal: Copper-Nickel alloy
Condition:  Proof essai
Designer: Fred Zinkann
Mint:  Pressed Metal Products
Mintage: 25 pcs.
Weight:  4.5 grams
Diameter: 22 mm.
Denomination: 20 francs
Edge type: unreeded

USNS-CRZ-C 001C “high relief”

Year: 2005
Metal: Gold .750
Condition:  Proof essai
Designer: Fred Zinkann
Mint:  Pressed Metal Products
Mintage:  1 pc / unique.
Weight: 5.5 grams
Diameter: 22 mm.
Denomination: 20 francs
Edge type: unreeded

USNS-CRZ-C 001D “high relief”

Year: 2005
Metal: Silver .999

Condition:  Proof essai
Designer: Fred Zinkann
Mint:  Pressed Metal Products
Mintage: 25 pcs.
Weight: 6.5 grams
Diameter: 22 mm.
Denomination: 20 francs
Edge type: unreeded

USNS-CRZ-C 001E “high relief”

Year: 2005
Metal: Iridium
Condition: trial essai, poorly struck
Designer: Fred Zinkann
Mint:  Pressed Metal Products
Mintage:  1 pc. / unique.
Weight:
Diameter: 22 mm.
Denomination: 20 francs
Edge type: unreeded

 

”High Relief” dies failed after striking of Iridium coin

USNS-CRZ-C 002A “low relief”

Year: 2005
Metal: Brass
Condition:  Proof essai
Designer: Fred Zinkann
Mint:  Pressed Metal Products
Mintage:  25 pcs.
Weight:  3.9 grams
Diameter: 22 mm.
Denomination: 20 francs
Edge type: unreeded

USNS-CRZ-C 002B “low relief”

Year: 2005
Metal: Copper-Nickel alloy
Condition:  Proof essai
Designer: Fred Zinkann
Mint:  Pressed Metal Products
Mintage:  25 pcs.
Weight:  3.9 grams
Diameter: 22 mm.
Denomination: 20 francs
Edge type: unreeded

USNS-CRZ-C 002C “low relief”

Year: 2005
Metal: Gold .750
Condition:  Proof essai
Designer: Fred Zinkann
Mint:  Pressed Metal Products
Mintage:  7 pcs.
Weight:  5.8 grams
Diameter: 22 mm.
Denomination: 20 francs
Edge type: unreeded

USNS-CRZ-C 002D “low relief”

Year: 2005
Metal: Hafnium
Condition:  Proof essai
Designer: Fred Zinkann
Mint:  Pressed Metal Products
Mintage: 4 pcs.
Weight:  5.2 grams

Diameter: 22 mm.
Denomination: 20 francs
Edge type: unreeded

USNS-CRZ-C 002E “low relief”

Year: 2005
Metal: Iridium
Condition:  Proof essai
Designer: Fred Zinkann
Mint:  Pressed Metal Products
Mintage:  3 pcs.
Weight:  11.2 grams
Diameter: 22 mm.
Denomination: 20 francs
Edge type: unreeded

USNS-CRZ-C 002F “low relief”

Year: 2005
Metal: Molybdenum
Condition:  Proof essai
Designer: Fred Zinkann
Mint:  Pressed Metal Products
Mintage: 4 pcs.
Weight:  3.95 grams
Diameter: 22 mm.
Denomination: 20 francs
Edge type: unreeded

USNS-CRZ-C 002G “low relief”

Year: 2005
Metal: Niobium
Condition:  Proof essai
Designer: Fred Zinkann
Mint:  Pressed Metal Products
Mintage: 4 pcs.
Weight:  3.2 grams
Diameter: 22 mm.
Denomination: 20 francs
Edge type: unreeded

USNS-CRZ-C 002H “low relief”

Year: 2005
Metal: Tantalum
Condition:  Proof essai
Designer: Fred Zinkann
Mint:  Pressed Metal Products
Mintage: 20 pcs.
Weight:  6.5 grams
Diameter: 22 mm.
Denomination: 20 francs
Edge type: unreeded

SNS-CRZ-C 002H “low relief”

Year: 2005
Metal: Tungsten
Condition:  Proof essai
Designer: Fred Zinkann
Mint:  Pressed Metal Products
Mintage: 2 pcs.
Weight:  6.5 grams
Diameter: 22 mm.
Denomination: 20 francs
Edge type: unreeded

USNS-CRZ-C 002 I “low relief”

Year: 2005
Metal: Vanadium
Condition:  Proof essai
Designer: Fred Zinkann
Mint:  Pressed Metal Products
Mintage:  4 pcs.
Weight:  2.3 grams
Diameter: 22 mm.
Denomination: 20 francs
Edge type: unreeded

USNS-CRZ-C 002J “low relief”

Year: 2005
Metal: Zirconium
Condition:  Proof essai
Designer: Fred Zinkann
Mint:  Pressed Metal Products
Mintage:  25 pcs.
Weight:  2.8 grams
Diameter: 22 mm.
Denomination: 20 francs
Edge type: unreeded

The Crozet Archipelago is part of the French Southern and Antarctic Territories — Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises (TAAF), which also includes Kerguelen Islands, Terre Adélie, and the tiny islands of Amsterdam and St-Paul.

The coins of Crozet are private pattern fantasy issues minted by mr. Fred Zinkann, who has pioneered the striking of coins in many non-conventional metals. Mr. Zinkann sells the coins via eBay, using the nom-de-plume “equillink”.

There are two die varieties of the Crozet patterns: An earlier type with high relief and a later type with low relief. The high relief coins were minted in: Silver, Nickel and Brass, and there are one of each in Gold and Iridium. After minting the Iridium coin, the high relief die broke. After the dies broke, Mr. Zinkann chose to mint the remaining blanks with a low relief die, to reduce the risk of die breakage. Unfortunately a low relief obverse die broke as well and had to be replaced, the new obverse die being similar to the first one, but somewhat fuzzier with weaker lettering and the eyes of the rooster being less deep set. The tantalum coins were all minted with the newer die.

© 2007 Tædivm / C.D. Shiboleth. Coin information and scans courtesy of F. Zinkann and C.D. Shiboleth. Layout thanks to G. Cruickshank / USNS.