Belgium 1861 20 centimes
This specimen was lot 12 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $60.50. The catalog description noted, "BELGIUM, Kingdom. Léopold I. 1831-1865. CU-NI 20 Centimes. Bruxelles (Brussels) mint. Dated 1861. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 62. Nice unimpaired UNC." This issue of 1860-61 superseded the silver twenty centimes of 1852-58 but was abandoned after two years. No more were struck during the nineteenth century. This specimen sold for less than the catalog value, one of the few in this sale to do so.
Recorded mintage: 1,804,000 for 1860-61.
Specification: 7 g, copper-nickel, lettered edge, this specimen is Ø25 mm, 6.97 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 20; Cr 8.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.