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1 Franc - Guillaume III Essai

1 Franc - Guillaume III (Essai) -  obverse 1 Franc - Guillaume III (Essai) -  reverse

© Veilinghuis Eeckhout

Features

Country Luxembourg
Type Pattern
Year 1852
Value 1 Franc (1 LUF)
Metal Nickel
Weight 4.56 g
Shape Round
Demonetized yes
References L# 330-2
Prifix : catalogue illustré des monnaies luxembourgeoises
by Romain Probst
(La banque du timbre)

Obverse

Portrait of Grand Duke Guillaume de Nassau, surrounded by legend and three points at the bottom. Signature of the engraver under the portrait.

Lettering:
• GUILLAUME• GRAND• DUC• DE• LUXEMBOURG • •
A.B.

Engraver: Alphonse Michaux

Alphonse Michaux (1860–1928) was a Belgian coin engraver and medallist, appointed chief engraver of the Brussels Mint (La Monnaie de Bruxelles) in 1895, and best known for engraving dies for a series of Belgian coins with a distinctive hole in the center. Michaux also engraved coins for Luxembourg, Persia, Romania, and Colombia.

Reverse

Small crowned Luxembourgish coat of arms with a lion rampant to the left and a forked tail on a field of ten pieces, placed to the left of it the word ESSAI and splitting the mint year. Facial value at the bottom.

Lettering:
ESSAI
18 - 52
1 FRANC

Engraver: Alphonse Michaux

Alphonse Michaux (1860–1928) was a Belgian coin engraver and medallist, appointed chief engraver of the Brussels Mint (La Monnaie de Bruxelles) in 1895, and best known for engraving dies for a series of Belgian coins with a distinctive hole in the center. Michaux also engraved coins for Luxembourg, Persia, Romania, and Colombia.

Edge

Milled

Comments

It was a very rare trial strike, minted with the year 1852, but with the effigy of Grand Duke Guillaume de Nassau, who ruled from 1905 to 1912, which was struck after 1945 at the mint in Brussels.

Available in two versions:

  • Nickel - 4.6 g. - plain edge - mintage unknown - L#330-1 / KM# -

  • Nickel - 4.56 g. - reeded edge - mintage unknown - L#330-2 / KM# -


© Photo from the sale of January 9, 2010, Auc. 3 l. 353 and used with the kind agreement of Mr. Joselito Eeckhout.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1852 

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1 Franc - Guillaume III (Essai)