Belgium 20 Francs  1933 and 1934
Belgium 20 Francs 1933 and 1934

These coins, made with 0.241 troy ounces of silver, were minted in 1933 and 1934. It turns out that the 1933 coins are more valuable than those of 1934, except in one special case explained below. Here are typical values for the 1933 coin:

worn: $20 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $45
well preserved: $80
fully uncirculated: $120

Coins dated 1934 are worth about one-quarter of these values.

The coin in our picture has been cleaned, and that lowers its value substantially. Do you see how the surfaces appear smooth and un-natural? That's a sure sign of cleaning. For cleaned coins, divide values by five.

If you have a 1934 coin, there is still hope. 1934 20 francs with medal alignment are worth about the same as 1933 20 francs, but 1934 20 francs with coin alignment are worth one-quarter of the 1933 prices.

To determine your coin's alignment, hold it between your thumb and forefinger with King Albert's head upright. Place your thumb on the bottom and forefinger on the top. Now turn the coin from left to right, as if turning the page of a book. Then look at the drapery side:

- Drapery side upside down is coin alignment
- Drapery side right side up is medal alignment

Hope you have medal alignment. That's the valuable one.

Coin: 16197 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: Bill Voss, Wed, 18-Dec-2013 12:58:50 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Wed, 18-Dec-2013 15:14:20 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Fri, 25-Dec-2015 16:59:49 GMT
Requester description: 1933 1933 20 Fr ALBERT KONING DER BELGEN
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