Belgium 1912 100 franken

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Sincona sale 43, lot 3138
This specimen was lot 3138 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 70,000 CHF (aboout US$83,531 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BELGIUM | Königreich, Albert, 1909-1934 100 Francs 1912. Brüssel Flämische Umschrift, mit Randschrift. Von grösster Seltenheit. Nur 3 Exemplare geprägt. Fast FDC. (kingdom of Belgium Albert I, 1909-34, one hundred francs of 1912, Brussels mint, Flemish legends, with edge lettering. Of the highest rarity, Only 3 pieces struck, About uncirculated.)"
This coin, struck during the reign of Albert I of Belgium (1909-34), was struck with Walloons (dialect of French) and Flemish (dialect of Dutch) legends. The Flemish legend type is shown here; both are extremely rare, being patterns. Belgium was thoroughly devastated during World War One and its gold coinage was terminated.

Recorded mintage: 3 plus 6 with French legends.

Specification: 32.26 g, .900 fine gold, .933 troy oz AGW, this specimen is 30.08 g.

Catalog reference: KM Pn193; Schl. 34, Fr-418.

Sources:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Sincona sale 43, Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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