2 Centimes - Léopold II French text

2 Centimes - Léopold II (French text) -  obverse2 Centimes - Léopold II (French text) -  reverse

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Features

Issuer Belgium
King Leopold II (1865-1909)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1869-1909
Value 2 Centimes (0.02 BEF)
Currency Franc (1832-2001)
Composition Copper
Weight 4 g
Diameter 21.5 mm
Thickness 1.2 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 516
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# 35,
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-10,
Laurens Aernout; 2017. Catalogus van Belgische Numismatische Uitgiften : 1831-2017. Numismatica Zuidwest-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Schön# 7
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

Obverse

The royal monogram is surrounded with lettering in French. Date below.

Lettering:
LEOPOLD II ROI DES BELGES *
1902

Translation: LEOPOLD II KING OF THE BELGIANS 1902

Engraver: Joseph-Pierre Braemt

Reverse

A lion, symbol of Belgium, with a paw over the Belgian Constitution dating 1831. Around is the Belgian motto in French. Value and designer below.

Lettering:
L'UNION FAIT LA FORCE
CONSTITUTION
BELGE
1831
*
2 CENTs.
BRAEMT.F

Translation:
UNITY MAKES STRENGTH
BELGIAN CONSTITUTION 1831*
2 CENTIMES
BRAEMT (F = Fecit = Made by)

Engraver: Joseph-Pierre Braemt

Edge

Reeded

Mint

Brussels, Belgium (983-date)

Comments

The 1871 coin probably wasn't brought into circulation, but struck in 1873 with year 1871.

The following coins are reported by Krause, but not by Morin. Pictures would be appreciated.

  • The 1869 coin with plain edge.
  • The overdate variety 1870/1.
  • The 1874 date varieties.
  • The 1902 thin flan coin.

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1869  2 971 930 $ 0.57 $ 3.93 $ 102 6% KM#35.1
1869  0.6% KM#35.1; plain edge; restrike
1870  5 653 780 $ 0.37 $ 0.85 $ 0.71 $ 1.13 $ 2.33 $ 4.53 46% KM#35.1; overdate variety 1870/1 exists
1871  $ 1.13 $ 2.41 $ 3.10 8% KM#35.1
1873  7 490 637 $ 0.26 $ 0.65 $ 0.57 $ 1.49 $ 5.10 21% KM#35.1
1874  7 875 928 $ 0.75 $ 0.97 $ 1.13 9% KM#35.1; large narrow date
1874  $ 0.25 $ 1.03 $ 0.85 $ 1.13 $ 2.50 12% KM#35.1; small wide date
1875  7 931 768 $ 0.40 $ 0.15 $ 0.85 $ 1.13 $ 1.93 18% KM#35.1
1876  10 471 512 $ 0.14 $ 0.85 $ 0.51 $ 1.26 $ 4.43 $ 1.03 28% KM#35.1
1902  2 489 877 $ 0.58 $ 0.45 $ 1.13 $ 2.27 16% KM#35.1
1902  2% KM#35.2; thin flan
1902  0.3% Medal alignment
1905  4 981 359 $ 0.25 $ 0.85 $ 0.91 $ 1.13 $ 2.27 28% KM#35.1
1909  4 998 236 $ 1.13 $ 0.57 $ 1.13 $ 2.95 $ 8.29 28% KM#35.1; overdate varieties 1909/05 and 1909/809 exist

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