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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.

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

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2 Centimes - Léopold II (French text)