Belgium 1840 1/2 franc

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Jean Elsen sale 124, lot 823
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This specimen was lot 823 in Jean Elsen sale 124 (Brussels, March 2015), where it sold for €155 (about US$193 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BELGIQUE, Royaume, Léopold Ier (1831-1865), AR 1/2 franc, 1840, Rare. Nettoyée. presque Très Beau. (kingdom of Belgium, Leopold I (1831-64), silver half franc of 1840. Rare, cleaned, almost very fine.)
This type was struck 1833-44 at the Brussels mint. The specification matches the French half franc of Louis Philippe.

Recorded mintage: 347,000 for 1840-41.

Specification: 2.5 g, .900 fine silver, .072 troy oz ASW, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: KM 6, Dupriez, 172.


  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 124, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2015.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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