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5 Francs - Léopold II small head

5 Francs - Léopold II (small head) -  obverse5 Francs - Léopold II (small head) -  reverse

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Features

Country Belgium
King Leopold II (1865-1909)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1865-1878
Value 5 Francs (5 BEF)
Currency Franc (1832-2001)
Composition Silver (.900)
Weight 25 g
Diameter 37 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 1932
References KM# 24,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
LA# BFM-126
Catalogus van Belgische Numismatische Uitgiften
by Laurens Aernout
(Numismatica Zuidwest-Vlaanderen)

Obverse

The portrait in left profile of Leopold I of Belgium is surrounded with the legend in French. Designer at the bottom.

Lettering:
LEOPOLD II ROI DES BELGES
LEOP WIENER

Translation: LEOPOLD II KING OF THE BELGIANS

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 within wreath dividing value. Motto in French above and year below.

Lettering:
L'UNION FAIT LA FORCE
5 F
1871

Translation: UNITY MAKES STRENGTH

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 lettering

Lettering: DIEU PROTEGE LA BELGIQUE ***

Translation: GOD PROTECTS BELGIUM

Comments


Position A: reverse (value) facing up, text on edge is normal
Position B: reverse (value) facing up, text on edge is upside-down




1867 exists with normal 7 and large 7, the height of the number 7 does not vary.


1873 exists with the word PROTEGE more spaced and stars on one point.
1865 - 1873: PROTEGE 27 mm
1873 - 1876: PROTEGE 31 mm
Some sources erroneously indicate a length of 29 mm and 33 mm instead of 27 mm and 31 mm.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1865  "1865." (with dot after year)
1865  Rare
1866  F with dot
1866  F without dot
1867  60.66 F with dot
1867  F with dot; large 7 in year
1867  3,693,144 21.94 22.06 F without dot
1868  6,570,564 19.85 19.85 27.57 Position A; overdate variety 1868/67 exists
1868  18.75 Position B
1869  12,657,542 17.65 22.06 27.57 27.97
1869  Without signature
1870  10,468,075 16.54 18.37 27.98
1871  4,783,434 17.68 18.50 18.50
1872  2,045,000 17.87 22.06
1873  16.79 48.96 Position A; PROTEGE with larger spacing 31 mm; star stands on one peak
1873  22,340,959 17.23 17.23 25.15 25.15 Position A; PROTEGE with normal spacing 27mm
1873  Position B; PROTEGE with larger spacing 31mm
1874  2,400,000 14.61 22.06 24.81
1875  2,980,941 16.54 17.09 19.80
1876  2,159,885 16.54 17.09 26.30
1878  1 In possession of National Bank of Belgium

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