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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,
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Thomas Michael (editor), Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Thomas Michael (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.
LA# BFM-127
Laurens Aernout; 2017. Catalogus van Belgische Numismatische Uitgiften, 1831-2017. Numismatica Zuidwest-Vlaanderen, Belgium. ISBN 9789082449013.

Obverse

The portrait in left profile of Leopold I 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

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

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

Bruxelles, 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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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1865  0.5% "1865." (with dot after year)
1865  195.30 1.0% Rare
1866  0.5% F with dot
1866  0.6% F without dot
1867  55.63 1.7% F with dot
1867  0.7% F with dot; large 7 in year
1867  3,693,144 17.75 18.69 29.59 7% F without dot
1868  6,570,564 19.53 20.12 23.61 16% Position A; overdate variety 1868/67 exists
1868  18.35 3% Position B
1869  12,657,542 13.61 19.26 21.31 28.41 35.54 18%
1869  0.4% Without signature
1870  10,468,075 17.75 19.21 27.82 21%
1871  4,783,434 19.26 22.28 24.93 29.30 53%
1872  2,045,000 20.12 23.67 17.47 7%
1873  17.75 29.53 42.61 6% Position A; PROTEGE with larger spacing 31 mm; star stands on one peak
1873  22,340,959 19.65 19.53 26.04 26.69 42.61 27% Position A; PROTEGE with normal spacing 27mm
1873  15.15 2% Position B; PROTEGE with larger spacing 31mm
1874  2,400,000 17.47 23.67 29.59 7%
1875  2,980,941 17.75 23.67 26.00 9%
1876  2,159,885 17.75 18.94 23.67 7%
1878  1 0.5% In possession of National Bank of Belgium

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