5 Francs - Léopold II small head

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

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Features

Issuer 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
Number N# 276
Numista (https://numista.com)
References KM# 24,
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-127
Laurens Aernout; 2017. Catalogus van Belgische Numismatische Uitgiften : 1831-2017. Numismatica Zuidwest-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Obverse

The portrait in left profile of Leopold II of Belgium surrounded with the legend in French and the designer's name at the bottom.

Lettering:
LEOPOLD II ROI DES BELGES
LEOP WIENER

Translation:
Leopold II King of the Belgians
LEOP WIENER

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

The Belgian coat of arms within a wreath dividing the value with a motto in French above and the year below.

Lettering:
L'UNION FAIT LA FORCE
5 F
1871

Translation:
Unity Makes Strength
5 F
1871

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

Mint

Brussels, Belgium (983-date)

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 stand on one peak.
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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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1865  0.6% "1865." (with dot after year)
1865  $ 338 $ 24 1.2% Rare
1866  0.4% F with dot
1866  0.7% F without dot
1867  $ 35 1.9% F with dot
1867  0.6% F with dot; large 7 in year
1867  3 693 144 $ 17 $ 18 $ 26 7% F without dot
1868  6 570 564 $ 21 $ 19 $ 20 $ 23 17% Position A; overdate variety 1868/67 exists
1868  $ 22 3% Position B
1869  12 657 542 $ 15 $ 19 $ 23 $ 28 $ 35 20%
1869  0.4% Without signature
1870  10 468 075 $ 15 $ 19 $ 19 $ 27 $ 24 21%
1871  4 783 434 $ 19 $ 22 $ 26 $ 29 49%
1872  2 045 000 $ 19 $ 23 $ 43 $ 17 8%
1873  $ 17 $ 22 $ 41 7% Position A; PROTEGE with larger spacing 31 mm; stars stand on one peak
1873  22 340 959 $ 19 $ 22 $ 25 $ 34 $ 42 28% Position A; PROTEGE with normal spacing 27mm
1873  $ 15 2% Position B; PROTEGE with larger spacing 31mm
1874  2 400 000 $ 17 $ 23 $ 29 8%
1875  2 980 941 $ 17 $ 19 $ 22 $ 26 10%
1876  2 159 885 $ 17 $ 21 $ 26 8%
1878  1 0.5% In possession of National Bank of Belgium

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