Belgium 1832 5 francs

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Jean Elsen sale 115, lot 1472
Belgium 1832 5 francs rev JElsen 115-1472.jpg
This specimen was lot 1472 in Jean Elsen sale 115 (Brussels, December 2012) where it sold for €2100 (about US$3,205 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BELGIQUE, Royaume, Léopold Ier (1831-1865), AR 5 francs, 1832, 1er type à la tête laurée. Pos. A. Tranche inscrite en creux. Provient de notre vente 77, 13 décembre 2003, 1397. Rare. Superbe à Fleur de Coin. (kingdom of Belgium, Leopold I (1831-65), silver five francs of 1832, first type with the laureate head. Position A, incuse lettered edge. From our sale 77 (December 2003), lot 1397. Rare, extremely fine to uncirculated.)"
This type was struck 1832-44 and was the first Belgian five francs issued after obtaining independence from the Netherlands in 1830. As this type comes with a lettered edge, the edge lettering comes in two positions; position A has the lettering facing the reverse and position B has the lettering facing the obverse.

Recorded mintage: 37,000.

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, .723 troy oz ASW, lettered edge.

Catalog reference: Bogaert-8A, Dav-50, KM 3.1.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 115: Collection Huntington, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2012.

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