Belgium 1850 25 francs

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 770
This specimen was lot 770 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €1,900 (about US$2,518 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BELGIQUE, Royaume, Léopold Ier (1831-1865), AV 25 francs, 1850. Grande tête. Sans trait entre 900 et M. Très rare Nettoyé. Fines griffes et brisures du coin au droit. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of Belgium, Leopold I, 1831-65, gold twenty-five francs of 1850, large head, without dash between 900 and M. Very rare, cleaned, fine scratches and die clash on the obverse. Very rare, cleaned, very Fine - Extremely Fine.)"
This denomination was struck 1848-50 only with this large head variety appearing only in 1850.

Recorded mintage: 74,000.

Specification: 7.91 g, .900 fine gold.

Catalog reference: KM 13.2 (large head), KM 13.3 (small head), Dupriez 454; Fr-4.


  • 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., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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