Belgium 1790 lion d'or

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UBS sale 84, lot 264
This specimen was lot 264 in UBS sale 84 (Basel, January 2010). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Vereinigte Belgische Provinzen. Lion d'or 1790, Brüssel. Löwe nach links mit Schwert und Schild worauf LI/BER/TAS, im Abschnitt die Jahreszahl. Rv. Elf Wappenschilde um strahlende Sonne. Sehr selten. Kl. Kr. Fast FDC." (United Belgian Provinces, lion d'or of 1790, Brussels mint. Obv: lion facing left with sword and shield, date in exergue, shield inscribed "LI/BER/TAS" in three lines. Rev: shields surround shining sun. Very rare, nice Uncirculated).
This type was struck 1790 during a brief insurrection against Austrian rule. The SCWC lists this as a 14 florin piece. The Dutch were issuing a 14 gulden gold coin about this time but this writer is not certain if they were intended to be the same weight.

Recorded mintage: 3,805.

Specification: ___ g, .986 fine gold, .___ troy oz AGW, this specimen: 8.29 grams.

Catalog reference: Delm. 221, Fr-402, KM 51.


  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]UBS Gold & Numismatics, Auction 84: Gold and Silver Coins, Basel, 2009.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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