Belgium 1940 50 francs KM 121
This type was struck at the Brussels mint 1939-40 with French legends (KM 121, shown here) and Flemish legends (KM 122). As Belgium is about evenly divided between the two languages, that is the government's answer to local regionalism. In 1940, German panzer divisions were massing on the eastern border as the Belgian government frantically but unsuccessfully attempted to stay neutral in World War Two. The next fifty francs issue would be in 1948 and would omit the king's name.
Recorded mintage: 631,000 (both types).
Specification: 20 g, .835 fine silver, .536 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 121, Dav-58.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.