Belgium 1849 10 francs

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Jean Elsen list 269, lot 687
Belgium JElsen 269-687r.jpg
This specimen was lot 687 in Jean Elsen list 269 (Brussels, July-August 2014), where it was offered for €3,000 (about US$4,081). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BELGIQUE, Royaume, Léopold Ier (1831-1865), AV 10 francs, 1849, Rare. Fines brisures du coin au revers. Fleur de Coin (kingdom of Belgium, Leopold I (1831-65), gold ten francs of 1849. Rare, small rim bump on the reverse, uncirculated.)"
This rare type was struck 1849-50 only. A few struck for Leopold II in 1867 complete the series. We don't know why the weight is listed at 3.16 g instead of the 3.22 g noted for the French ten francs.

Recorded mintage: 37,000.

Specification: 3.166 g, .900 fine gold, .091 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 18, Dupriez, 403; Fr-408.


  • 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., Liste 269: Juillet-Septembre 2014, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2014.

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