Belgium 1790 liard

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Jean Elsen sale 127, lot 962
This specimen was lot 962 in Jean Elsen sale 127 (Brussels, December 2015), where it sold for €160 (about US$205 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BRABANT, Duché, Etats-Belgiques-Unis (1790), Cu liard, 1790, Bruxelles. D/ Lion deb. à d., ten. le bonnet de la Liberté sur une lance. R/ Inscription en quatre lignes. Superbe à Fleur de Coin. (duchy of Brabant, united provinces, copper liard of 1790, Brussels mint. Obverse: lion facing right, bearing a liberty cap on a lance; reverse: four line inscription. Extremely fine to uncirculated.)"
This type was struck in 1790 during a brief insurrection against Austrian rule. Another type (KM 49) was also issued in 1790 with a different obverse legend. The insurrection was crushed and a few years later, Belgium was occupied and annexed by revolutionary France. Belgium would not obtain its independence until 1830.

Recorded mintage: 359,000.

Specification: copper, this specimen 3,57 g.

Catalog reference: W. 1162. KM-44.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 127, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2015.

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