Belgium 1849 1/2 franc

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Jean Elsen list 265, lot 666
Belgium 1849 demi franc rev JElsen 265-666.jpg
This specimen was lot 666 in Jean Elsen list 265 (Brussels, July-September 2013) where it was offered for €3,500 (about US$4,619 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BELGIQUE, Royaume, Léopold Ier (1831-1865), AR 1/2 franc, 1849, L WIENER sans point. Très Rare. presque Fleur de Coin. (kingdom of Belgium, Leopold I, 1831-65, silver half franc of 1849, very rare, about uncirculated.)"
This type was struck 1849-50 at the Brussels mint but is rare. The specification matches the French half franc of Louis Philippe.

Recorded mintage: 210,000 for 1849-50.

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

Catalog reference: Dupriez, 429. KM 15.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Philippe Elsen et al., Liste 265, Juillet-Septembre 2013, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S. A., 2013.

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