1 Franc - Léopold II French text

Features

Issuer Belgium
King Leopold II (1865-1909)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1866-1886
Value 1 Franc (1 BEF)
Currency Franc (1832-2001)
Composition Silver (.835)
Weight 5 g
Diameter 23 mm
Thickness 1.3 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 30 July 1932
Number N# 282
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# 28,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 5 more volumes.
LA# BFM-86
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 by a motto in French and the designer's name below

Lettering:
LEOPOLD II ROI DES BELGES
L WIENER

Translation:
Leopold King of the Belgians
L 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 dividing the value with the in French above, date below

Lettering:
L'UNION FAIT LA FORCE
1 F
1867

Translation:
Unity Makes Strength
1 Franc
1867

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

Reeded

1 Franc - Léopold II (French text) -  obverse

© Walter_Scott

Mint

Brussels, Belgium (983-date)

Comments

KM# 28.1 = signature with dot [L. WIENER]
KM# 28.2 = signature without dot [L WIENER]

The coins with signatures without dots, mentioned by Krause, Morin and Aernout, are probably die pollution and not real varieties.

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1866  3 041 000 $ 2.26 $ 3.77 $ 4.31 $ 15 30%
1867  6 652 000 $ 3.33 $ 3.33 $ 3.77 $ 5.97 $ 108 $ 136 $ 228 61%
1868  675 000 1.3%
1869  1 393 608 $ 4.31 $ 7.53 $ 27 15%
1881  119 484 3%
1881  0.4% Overdate 1881/61
1886  1 250 000 $ 4.31 $ 5.38 $ 5.38 24%
1886  3% Overdate 1886/66
1886  $ 3.94 $ 8.07 6% Signature without dot

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Picture 1 of a sold 1 Franc - Léopold II (French text)Picture 1 of a sold 1 Franc - Léopold II (French text)
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Select Auction 232220
Lot 63424
Internet Archive
May 12, 2022 1867 UNC
(NGC MS62)
USD 83.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Franc - Léopold II (French text)Picture 1 of a sold 1 Franc - Léopold II (French text)Picture 1 of a sold 1 Franc - Léopold II (French text)Picture 1 of a sold 1 Franc - Léopold II (French text)
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Select Auction 232122
Lot 61316
Internet Archive
Jun 2, 2021 1867 UNC The lot includes several items.
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Franc - Léopold II (French text)Picture 1 of a sold 1 Franc - Léopold II (French text)Picture 1 of a sold 1 Franc - Léopold II (French text)Picture 1 of a sold 1 Franc - Léopold II (French text)
Heritage Auctions
2020 January 21 NYINC World & Ancient Coins Signature Online Auction 3082
Lot 33370
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Jan 21, 2020 1867 UNC
(PCGS MS66)
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