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2½ Centimes

2½ Centimes -  obverse 2½ Centimes -  reverse

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Features

Country Luxembourg
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1854-1908
Value 2 1/2 Centimes (0.025 LUF)
Composition Bronze
Weight 2.5 g
Diameter 21.1 mm
Thickness 1 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized yes
References L# 266, 269, 271, Weiller# 256, 259, 261, BV# 268, 271, 273, KM# 21, Schön# 1
Prifix : catalogue illustré des monnaies luxembourgeoises
by Romain Probst
(La banque du timbre)
Les Monnaies Luxembourgeoises
by Raymond Weiller
(Université Catholique de Louvain)
Histoire monétaire du comté puis du duché de Luxembourg et de ses fiefs
by E. Bernays & J. Vannerus
(Académie royale de Belgique)
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Obverse

Crowned shield of Luxembourg with lion with forked tail, rampant to the left on a field of ten pieces, surrounded by the legend between an inner circle and an external girdle.
At the bottom a star flanked by privy and mint marks.

Lettering: GRAND DUCHÉ DU LUXEMBOURG

Translation: Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Engraver: François Barth-Wahl

Reverse

Wreath of laurel branches and oak surrounding face value and date.

Signature of the engraver at 6 o'clock.

Lettering:
2 ½
CENTIMES
1854
BARTH

Engraver: François Barth-Wahl

Edge

Smooth

Comments

The law of January 9, 1852 ordered the issue of this coin and those of the 5 centimes and 10 centimes and provided at the same time the withdrawal of all foreign coins from January 1, 1853. The minting of these coins having been delayed, this date was postponed, and the Grand-Ducal decree of March 1st, 1854, definitively ordered the issue of the first coins for the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

This coin was struck at the mint of Brussels, it nevertheless includes the mark of the mint of Utrecht (caduceus) and that of its director (Roman sword). For more information about this error, please consult the sheet of the 5 centimes KM#22.

Several variants have been identified.
The piece of 1854 is thus sometimes without accent on the E of 'Duché'. Less common than that with accent.


Three known variants for the year 1870. The point at the bottom of the back is usually big. Copies with small dot or no dot are less common.


The signature of the year 1901 may also vary. Some pieces have a signature where the slash of the R is absent and thus resembling a P.


Minor varieties can also be observed in the positioning of the date and legend.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1854  640,000 2.21 4.44 L#266-1 with serif on E
1854  L#266-2 without serif on E - rare
1870  209,880 L#266-3 fat dot
1870  L#266-4 little dot - rare
1870  L#266-5 without dot - very rare
1901  800,000 3.10 5.73 L#269-1 "BARTH" on reverse
1901  L#269-2 "BAPTH" on reverse
1908  400,000 5.55 4.44 L#271-1

Values in the table above are expressed in USD. They are based on evaluations by Numista users and sales realized on Internet platforms. They serve as a measure, but they are not intended to be relied upon for buying, selling or exchanging coins. Numista does not buy or sell coins.

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