Belgium 1995 50 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 144, lot 1325
This specimen was lot 1325 in Jean Elsen sale 144 (Brussels, March 2020), where it sold for €630 (about US$830 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BELGIQUE, Royaume, Albert II (1993-2013), AV 50 ecu, 1995. 50e anniversaire des Nations Unies. Flan poli. (kingdom of Belgium, Albert II, 1993-2013, fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations, Proof.)"
During the currency unification negotiations that eventually led to the euro, a coin called the ecu was proposed. The Belgian government went so far as to issue several different types 1987-98 to promote it. All were struck in precious metals, suggesting that the regime never seriously believed it would displace the Belgian franc then circulating. The euro was introduced in 1999-2002 and these coins now trade for bullion. This NCLT was accompanied by a silver five ecu (KM 200).

Recorded mintage: 2,500.

Specification: 15.55 g, 0.999 fine gold, 0.50 troy oz AGW, 29 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 201, Fr-436.


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  • 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]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 144, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2020.

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