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2 Centimes - Léopold II French text

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

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Features

Country Belgium
Type Common coin
Years 1869-1909
Value 2 Centimes (0.02 BEF)
Metal Copper
Weight 4 g
Diameter 21.5 mm
Thickness 1.2 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized yes
References KM# 35, LA# BFM-10
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Catalogus van Belgische Numismatische Uitgiften
by Laurens Aernout
(Numismatica Zuidwest-Vlaanderen)

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

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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Year Mintage VG F VF XF UNC Exchange
1869  2,971,930 KM#35.1
1869  KM#35.1; plain edge; restrike
1870  5,653,780 KM#35.1; overdate variety 1870/1 exists
1871  KM#35.1
1873  7,490,637 KM#35.1
1874  7,875,928 KM#35.1; large narrow date
1874  KM#35.1; small wide date
1875  7,931,768 KM#35.1
1876  10,471,512 KM#35.1
1902  2,489,877 KM#35.1
1902  KM#35.2; thin flan
1902  Medal alignment
1905  4,981,359 KM#35.1
1909  4,998,236 KM#35.1; overdate varieties 1909/05 and 1909/809 exist

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