Belgium 1852 5 francs
This specimen was lot 23 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $1,452. The catalog description noted, "BELGIUM, Kingdom. Léopold I. 1831-1865. AR 5 Francs. Bruxelles (Brussels) mint. Dated 1852. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 64. Choice brilliant uncirculated with light violet toning. Very sharp strike. A few tiny contact marks keep it out of the gem class." This type, which is common, was issued 1849-65. A scarce overdate, 1852/1, is reported.
Recorded mintage: 4,605,000.
Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, 37 mm diameter, lettered edge, this specimen is Ø38 mm, 25.07 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 17; Morin 42, Dav-51.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Davenport, John S., European Crowns and Talers, Since 1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964
- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.