Belgium 1841 5 centimes

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Jean Elsen sale 138, lot 861
This specimen was lot 872 in Jean Elsen sale 138 (Brussels, September 2018), where it sold for €280 (about US$389 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BELGIQUE, Royaume, Léopold Ier (1831-1865), Cu 5 centimes, 1849. Petits chiffres. BRAEMT F. avec point. Le chiffre 4 décalé. Superbe à Fleur de Coin . (kingdom of Belgium, Leopold I, 1831-65, copper five centimes of 1849, small digits, with dot on engraver's signature, low '4'. Extremely Fine to uncirculated.)"
This type was struck 1833-38, 1841-42, 1847-61. In 1861, the type was replaced with a copper-nickel five centimes of smaller diameter. The SCWC mentions narrow and wide "1" varieties but prices them the same.

Recorded mintage: 2,509,000 (a slightly better date).

Specification: 9.8 g, bronze or copper, 28.3 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 5.1.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 138, Collection A. BLONDEL, Collection M. HENDRICKX, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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