Belgium 1850 10 francs

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Jean Elsen sale 143, lot 1406
This specimen was lot 1406 in Jean Elsen sale 143 (Brussels, December 2019), where it sold for €900 (about US$1,175 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BELGIQUE, Royaume, Léopold Ier (1831-1865), AV 10 francs, 1850. Rare. Beau à Très Beau. (kingdom of Belgium, Leopold I, 1831-65, gold ten francs of 1850. Rare, Fine - Very Fine.)"
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: 63,000.

Specification: 3.16 g, 0.900 fine gold.

Catalog reference: KM 18, Dupriez 457; Fr-408.


  • 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 143, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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