10 Centimes - Léopold III BELGIQUE-BELGIE

Features

Issuer Belgium
King Leopold III (1934-1951)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1941-1946
Value 10 Centimes (0.10 BEF)
Currency Franc (1832-2001)
Composition Zinc
Weight 4 g
Diameter 22 mm
Thickness 1.7 mm
Shape Round with a round hole
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 01-01-1957
Number N# 5328
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References KM# 125,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Schön# 91,
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.
LA# BFM-44
Laurens Aernout; 2017. Catalogus van Belgische Numismatische Uitgiften : 1831-2017. Numismatica Zuidwest-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Obverse

Monogram of Léopold III, date below

Lettering: 1943

Engraver: Oscar Jespers

Oscar Jespers, born in Borgerhout on 22 May 1887 and died in Brussels on 1 December 1970, was a Belgian expressionist sculptor.

Reverse

The arms of Antwerp to the left of the center hole, Namur in the center, and Hasselt to the right of the center hole surrounded by bilingual legends and the value and designer's name below

Lettering:
BELGIQUE-BELGIE
10c
O.JESPERS

Translation:
Belgium Belgium
10 Centimes
O.Jespers

Engraver: Oscar Jespers

Oscar Jespers, born in Borgerhout on 22 May 1887 and died in Brussels on 1 December 1970, was a Belgian expressionist sculptor.

Edge

Smooth

Mint

Bruxelles, Belgium

Comments

The material used is actually a zinc-alloy, a spelter. The term in Dutch is 'handelszink', literally translated as 'trade zinc'.

This coin was made during the German occupation during World War II.

The 1945 coin is not mentioned by Morin (2012) or Aernout (2019), only by Krause (2016) so its existence is doubtful.
The 1946 coin is regarded by Aernout (2019) as a trial strike and Krause estimates that 10,370,000 were struck.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1941  10 000 000 0.06 0.29 0.52 35%
1942  17 000 000 0.26 0.29 0.59 0.79 50%
1943  22 500 000 0.26 0.46 0.40 1.12 61%
1945  1.8% Struck at a later date (doubtful existence)
1946  10 370 000 2% Very rare (not released for circulation)

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