Belgium 1849 5 francs

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Jean Elsen sale 110, lot 1105
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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The first specimen was lot 1105 in Jean Elsen sale 110 (Brussels, September 2011) where it sold for € 220 (about US$355 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BELGIQUE, Royaume, Léopold Ier (1831-1865), AR 5 francs, 1849, Tête nue. Grand 9 dans la date. Fines brisures du coin de droit. Superbe à Fleur de Coin. (Kingdom of Belgium, Leopold I (1831-65), silver five francs of 1849. bare head, large '9' in the date. Fine die scratches on obverse, extremely fine to Uncirculated.)"
Two types of five francs are recorded for 1849: this type, the more common, was issued 1849-65 and KM 3.2, issued 1847-49.

Recorded mintage: 3,909,000.

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, .723 troy oz ASW, lettered edge.

Catalog reference: Dupriez, 410 var., KM 17, Dav-51.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 110, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, s.a, 2011.

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