Belgium 1869 20 francs

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Sincona sale 23, lot 2026
This specimen was lot 2026 in Sincona sale 23 (Zurich, May 2015), where it sold for 250 CHF (about US$314 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BELGIEN, Königreich, Leopold II. 1865-1909 20 Francs 1869. Vorzüglich. (kingdom of Belgium, Leopold II (1865-1909), twenty francs of 1869, extremely fine.)"
This coin, one of a type struck 1870-82 during the reign of Leopold III of Belgium (1865-1909), corresponds in weight and fineness to the contemporary French twenty francs. Position "A" and position "B" varieties exist, with a slight premium going to position "B" (edge lettering facing the obverse).

Recorded mintage: 1,234,000.

Specification: 6.45 g, .900 fine gold, 21 mm diameter. This specimen 6.46 g.

Catalog reference: KM 32; Schl. 18, Fr-412.


  • 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]Richter, Jürg, Ruedi Kunzmann and Arne Kirsch, Numismatic Coins & Medals, Auction 23, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2015.

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