Belgium 1850 5 centimes

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Jean Elsen sale 138, lot 874
This specimen was lot 874 in Jean Elsen sale 138 (Brussels, September 2018), where it sold for €170 (about US$236 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BELGIQUE, Royaume, Léopold Ier (1831-1865), Cu 5 centimes, 1850. 0 étroit. BRAEMT F. avec point. Superbe. (kingdom of Belgium, Leopold I, 1831-65, copper five centimes of 1850, narrow '0', with dot on engraver's signature, extremely fine.)"
This type was struck 1833-38, 1841-42, 1847-61. In 1861, the type was replaced with a copper-nickel five centimes of smaller diameter. The SCWC mentions round and tall "0" varieties but prices them the same.

Recorded mintage: 2,689,000, (a common date).

Specification: 9.8 g, bronze or copper, 28.3 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Bogaert 505A, KM 5.1.


  • 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 138, Collection A. BLONDEL, Collection M. HENDRICKX, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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