20 centimes Pattern

Features

Country Belgium
King Leopold I (1831-1865)
Type Pattern
Year 1859
Value 20 centimes (0.2 BEF)
Currency Franc (1832-2001)
Composition Nickel
Weight 5.95 g
Diameter 23 mm
Thickness 2 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 189309
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Obverse

Value at low centre flanked by two flowers. Text in French above. Unique (?) counter mark number.

Lettering:
ESSAI MONETAIRE
20
259
CENTIMES

Translation:
MONETARY TRIAL
20
259
CENTIMES

Reverse

A lion, symbol of Belgium, with a paw over the Belgian Constitution dating 1831. Around is the Belgian motto in French. Value and legend in French below.

Lettering:
L`UNION FAIT LA FORCE
BELGIQUE
1859

Translation:
UNITY MAKES STRENGTH
BELGIUM
1859

Edge

Security edge

20 centimes (Pattern) -  obverse

Comments

This coin is not mentioned by Morin or by Krause. Several coins (all with different counter marks) are or were offered on different auctions.

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
1859 

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