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Belgian Gold Coins

Belgian Gold Coins of Leopold II 1865 - 1909
Leopold II of Belgium reigned from 1865 to 1909. Gold coins were issued from 1867 to 1882, we buy and sell Belgian gold 20 francs (franks) and other gold coins.

Technical Specifications
DenominationDiameterWeightFinenessGold Content
20 Francs21.56.4516.900.1867

Notes on Table
Weight = Weight in grams.
Gold Content = Fine gold content in troy ounces.

Description of Leopold II 20 Francs
Obverse
Bare head of King Leopold II facing right, with the inscription
LEOPOLD PREMIER ROI DES BELGES
Under the head are the engraver's initials L W, and the date.
Interestingly on the last issue, 1865, of Leopold I, the engraver managed to mis-spell his own name as L. Winner instead of L. Wiener, perhaps this is why it was decided that he would shorten this to his initial only.
The first type was issued from 1867 to 1870 inclusive, and the second type from 1870 to 1882 inclusive. On the second type, there is a redesigned portrait, he is shown with a slightly longer but coarser beard (it had obviously had longer to grow!) a different shaped truncation at the neck, and other small differences including larger lettering and date numerals. Dates from 1867 to 1869 can only be first type, while dates from 1871 onwards can only be second type. 1870 occurs in both types, in which case the shape of the neck truncation is the easiest way to identify the different types.
Reverse
Belgian coat of arms, a lion in a circular shield draped in an ermine cape topped by a crown.
the inscription reads:
L'UNION FAIT LA FORCE
20 FR

Edge
The edge has raised 5-pointed stars with the raised lettering:-
DIEU PROTEGE LA BELGIQUE

Position A and Position B
No, nothing to do with sexual habits in Belgium, but the orientation of the edge lettering. To explain:
Position A = With the obverse (head) side facing downwards, the lettering is upright.
Position B = With the obverse (head) side facing upwards, the lettering is upright.
Apparently many Belgian collectors ascribe some importance to this, and for some coin issues one position is rarer than the other, and commands a price premium.

Prices & Availability
Please contact us prior to ordering for current prices and availability.
DateDenominationDescriptionGradeMintageAvailabilityPrice £Price $
186720 FrancsLeopold IIgood VF / almost EF1,341,000Yes£245$390
186820 FrancsLeopold IIalmost EF1,382,000Yes£245$390
186920 FrancsLeopold IIalmost EF1,234,000Yes£245$390
187020 FrancsLeopold IIFirst Type, EF3,191,000Sold£60$110
187020 FrancsLeopold IISecond Type, EF3,191,000Yes£245$390
187120 FrancsLeopold II  Yes£245$390
187420 FrancsLeopold IIEF3,046,000Yes£245$390
187520 FrancsLeopold IIEF4,134,000Yes£245$390
187620 FrancsLeopold IIEF2,070,000Yes£245$390
187720 FrancsLeopold IIEF5,906,000Yes£245$390
187820 FrancsLeopold IIEF2,505,000Sold£55$102
188220 FrancsLeopold IIEF522,000Sold£55$102

Postage & Packing
UK Registered Post (Special Delivery) £9 per order
EU Insured Post £10 per order
USA Airmail $10 per order
USA Insured Shipping by Fedex $40 per order

Belgian Silver and Base Metal Coins
For silver and base metal coins of Belgium, please look at our original Chard Coins website.

Coins Wanted
We make an active market in almost all world coins, gold or otherwise, including Belgian gold coins, whether listed on this page or not. If you have any of these coins to sell, please contact us, or post them to us for appraisal and offer.

First Type Portrait of Leopold II on 20 Francs of 1867
First Type Portrait of Leopold II on 20 Francs of 1867

Belgium

Reverse of  20 Francs of 1867
Reverse of 1867 Belgium 20 Francss

Obverse of 1868 Belgium 20 Francs
Reverse of 1868 Belgium 20 Francss

Obverse of 1870 Belgium 20 Francs
Obverse of 1870 Belgium 20 Francs

Obverse of 1871 Belgium 20 Francs
Obverse of 1871 Belgium 20 Francs

Obverse of 1874 Belgium 20 Francs
Obverse of 1874 Belgium 20 Francs

Obverse of 1875 Belgium 20 Francs
Obverse of 1875 Belgium 20 Francs

Obverse of 1876 Belgium 20 Francs
Obverse of 1876 Belgium 20 Francs

 


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