Belgium 1850 1/2 franc
This specimen was lot 16 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $1,815. The catalog description noted, "BELGIUM, Kingdom. Léopold I. 1831-1865. AR 1/2 Franc. Bruxelles (Brussels) mint. Dated 1850. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 61. Moderately toned specimen with very nice surfaces. An extremely rare coin and the first this cataloguer has seen. None graded higher. Ex NASCA (December 1980), lot 2208." This type was struck 1849-50 at the Brussels mint but is rare. The specification matches the French half franc of Louis Philippe. When the denomination resumed in 1866, it was as a fifty centimes.
Recorded mintage: 210,000 for 1849-50.
Specification: 2.5 g, .900 fine silver, 18 mm diameter, lettered edge, this specimen is Ø18 mm, 2.52 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 15; Cr 16.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.