Belgium 1848 5 francs

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Jean Elsen sale 144, lot 1283
This specimen was lot 1283 in Jean Elsen sale 144 (Brussels, March 2020), where it sold for €250 (about US$330 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BELGIQUE, Royaume, Léopold Ier (1831-1865), AR 5 francs, 1848. Petits coups sur la tranche. Petites taches au revers. Superbe. (kingdom of Belgium, Leopold I, 1831-65, silver five francs of 1848. Minor edge nicks, Extremely Fine.)"
This type was struck 1847-49 and is scarce. It is more available, however, than the prior type (KM 3.1) of 1832-44, which had incuse edge lettering.

Recorded mintage: 2,518,000, a better date.

Specification: 25 g, 0.900 fine silver, 37 mm diameter, raised lettered edge.

Catalog reference: KM 3.2, Dav-50, Dupriez 375.


  • 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 144, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2020.

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