Belgium 1867 50 centimes

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 888
This specimen was lot 888 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"BELGIQUE, Royaume, Léopold II (1865-1909), AR 50 centimes, 1867. Rare Belle patine. Superbe. (kingdom of Belgium, Leopold II, 1865-1909, silver fifty centimes of 1867. Rare, nice toning, Extremely Fine.)"
Leopold II was hailed at the beginning of his reign as an enlightened, constitutional monarch, and later vilified for his activities in the Congo Free State. This type was struck for Belgium in 1866-68, 1881, 1886 and 1898-99 along with a similar type with Dutch legends (KM 27). This type is remarkably scarce despite its large mintage and this is a better date.

Recorded mintage: 1,014,000.

Specification: 2.5 g, .835 fine silver, .067 troy oz ASW, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: KM 26, Dupriez 1087.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns and Talers, Since 1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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