Belgium 1853 100 francs Fr-409

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Heritage sale 3037, lot 31012
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 31012 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $25,850. The catalog description[1] noted, "Leopold I gold Specimen 100 Francs 1853 MS63 NGC. A gorgeous specimen with highly reflective surfaces that promote an attractive cameo bust. A few inconsequential ticks are present; however, the overall appearance of this piece remains stunning. Struck to commemorate the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Brabant, this rare one-year type has an extremely low reported mintage of just 482 pieces. Incredibly appealing and scarce at this level of mint-state. From The Empire Collection." This type is dismissed by the SCWC as a medal and not listed therein. Friedberg mentions it and assigns it a number so we will include it. It is accompanied by a five francs (Dav-52), also somewhat medallic.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 32.25 g, .900 fine gold, .933 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KMX-M3.1, Fr-409.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3037, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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