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10 Centimes - Léopold II French text - Small date

10 Centimes - Léopold II (French text - Small date) -  obverse 10 Centimes - Léopold II (French text - Small date) -  reverse

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Features

Country Belgium
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1901-1903
Value 10 Centimes (0.1 BEF)
Metal Copper-nickel
Weight 4 g
Diameter 22 mm
Thickness 1.31 mm
Shape Round with a hole
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized yes
References KM# 48, LA# BFM-35
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Catalogus van Belgische Numismatische Uitgiften
by Laurens Aernout
(Numismatica Zuidwest-Vlaanderen)

Obverse

The royal monogram of King Léopold II is surrounded with lettering in French. Date below, center hole.

Lettering:
ROYAUME DE BELGIQUE *
· 1902 ·

Translation:
KINGDOM OF BELGIUM *
· 1902 ·

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

The center hole is flanked by an olive sprig and value. Designer below.

Lettering:
10
CES
A.MICHAUX

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

Smooth

Comments

In 1903, coins were minted for both this type and KM# 52. They can be distinguished by the size of the digits in the date. This is the "small date" type, and the hole inside the '0' will be more squared off compared to the longer, oval shape in KM# 52.

Coins with date 1901 and designer initials A.M. are considered trial strikes.

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1901  582,377 7.86 14.04
1902  Medal alignment
1902  5,865,609 1.29 1.06 2.53 Overdate variety 1902/01 exists
1903  763,387 3.65 3.37 Mintage includes KM#48 and KM#52

Values in the table above are expressed in USD. They are based on evaluations by Numista users and sales realized on Internet platforms. They serve as a measure, but they are not intended to be relied upon for buying, selling or exchanging coins. Numista does not buy or sell coins.

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