Belgium 1933 frank

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Jean Elsen list 269, lot 755
Belgium JElsen 269-755r.jpg
This specimen was lot 755 in Jean Elsen list 269 (Brussels, July-August 2014), where it was offered for €1,200 (about US$1,633). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BELGIQUE, Royaume, Albert Ier (1909-1934), nickel 1 frank, 1933 NL, Très Rare. Superbe à Fleur de Coin (kingdom of Belgium, Albert I (1909-34), nickel franc of 1933. Very rare, extremely fine to uncirculated.)"
This type was issued 1922-35 and replaced the silver franc of 1910-18. This date is rare; the other dates are common. Note the "GOED VOOR" ("Good for") legend on the reverse; this made the coin technically a token and preserved the legal fiction that the prewar gold franc was still in effect. It was also struck at the Brussels mint with French legends (KM 89). As Belgium is about evenly divided between the two languages, that is the government's answer to local regionalism. King Albert was killed in a climbing accident in 1934.

Recorded mintage: 786,000 (key date).

Specification: 5 g, nickel, 23 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Dupriez, 2504, KM 90 (Dutch legends).


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Liste 269: Juillet-Septembre 2014, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2014.

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