20 Francs - Léopold II heavy coarser beard

Features

Issuer Belgium
King Leopold II (1865-1909)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1867-1870
Value 20 Francs (20 BEF)
Currency Franc (1832-2001)
Composition Gold (.900)
Weight 6.4516 g
Diameter 21 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 13801
Numista (https://numista.com)
References KM# 32,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
LA# BFM-155 to 162
Laurens Aernout; 2017. Catalogus van Belgische Numismatische Uitgiften : 1831-2017. Numismatica Zuidwest-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Obverse

Head of King Leopold II facing right, surrounded by lettering in French. Date and designer below.

Lettering:
LEOPOLD II ROI DES BELGES
L W
1868

Translation:
Leopold II King of the Belgians
L W
1868

Engraver: Leopold Wiener

Léopold Wiener, born on 2 July 1823 in Venlo and died on 11 February 1891 in Brussels, was a Belgian sculptor, engraver and medalist.

Reverse

Coat of arms of Belgium, motto in French above, value below.

Lettering:
L'UNION FAIT LA FORCE
20 FR.

Translation:
Unity Makes Strength
20 Francs

Engraver: Leopold Wiener

Léopold Wiener, born on 2 July 1823 in Venlo and died on 11 February 1891 in Brussels, was a Belgian sculptor, engraver and medalist.

Edge

Plain with raised lettering

Lettering: DIEU * PROTEGE * LA * BELGIQUE *****

Translation: God Protects Belgium

Mint

Bruxelles, Belgium

Comments

Position A: obverse (with bust) facing up, edge text is NOT readable
Position B: reverse facing up, edge test is readable

There are 4 types recognized:
Type 1 (1867, 1868, 1869, 1870):

  • Large crown
  • FR. with point
  • hair on forehead with 1 curl
  • sharp cut bottom of neck
  • text on 1.5 mm from neck, smaller head
  • R (roi) >1 mm from forehead
  • narrow year: <4 mm wide

Type 2 (1868, 1869):
  • 1-4 same as type 1
  • text <1 mm from neck, larger head
  • R (roi) <1 mm from forehead
  • wide year: 4.1-4.8 mm wide

Type 3 (1870, 1871, 1874)
  • small crown
  • FR without point
  • hair on forehead with double curl
  • sharp cut bottom of neck over 1/2 length
  • beard at bottom curved to the left

Type 4 (1870-1882)
  • 1-3 same as type 3
  • sharp cut bottom of neck over 3/4 length
  • beard at bottom approximately straight down

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1867  1 341 307 $ 252 42% Type 1
1868  1 381 749 26% Type 2
1868  3% Type 2
1869  1 234 474 19% Type 1; Position A
1869  4% Type 2; Position A
1869  12% Type 2; Position B
1870  3 191 203 32% Type 1; Position A

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