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Belgium 20 Centimes, 1/4, 1/2, 1, 2, 2 1/2, and 5 Francs  1832 to 1865
Belgium 20 Centimes, 1/4, 1/2, 1, 2, 2 1/2, and 5 Francs 1832 to 1865

King Leopold I ruled Belgium from 1831 to 1865. Leopold II followed from 1865 to 1909. There are a lot of Belgian coins with the name 'Leopold' on them. This page addresses silver coins with the inscription LEOPOLD PREMIER ROI DES BELGES on the front, and a crowned shield with wreath on the back. Some of these coins are very valuable.

Our listings below give very approximate catalog values for these coins. Catalog values, as always, are inflated over what you can actually buy and sell the coin for. Use our Important Terminology page for some rules of thumb that convert catalog price to actual buy and sell price.

If you have one of these coins and it is in good shape with nice eye appeal, seek out a knowledgeable coin dealer or coin collector to assist you. There are many aspects to accurately evaluating a coin's value, and we only provide very general guidance here.

The silver content in these coins gives them inherent value regardless of condition. Use a web site such as kitco.com to look up the current value of silver per troy ounce. This can be significant, especially with the larger coins.

20 CENTIMES (Ces), 0.029 troy ounces silver
worn: $5 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $80
well preserved: $160
fully uncirculated: $250
20 centimes dated 1858 are rare and catalog at $500 in average circulated condition, $1400 when fully uncirculated

1/4 FRANC (1/4 F), 0.036 troy ounces silver
worn: $12 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $150
well preserved: $275
fully uncirculated: $400
quarter francs dated 1834 and 1835 WITHOUT signature are less common and catalog at $330 average circulated, $950 fully uncirculated
quarter francs dated 1841 are rare and catalog at $1200 average circulated, $3000 fully uncirculated
quarter francs dated 1844 are scarce and catalog at $450 average circulated, $1200 fully uncirculated

1/2 FRANC (1/2 F), 0.072 troy ounces silver
worn: $20 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $250
well preserved: $400
fully uncirculated: $800
half francs dated 1833 and 1841 are rare and catalog at $1050 average circulated, $3300 fully uncirculated

1 FRANC (1 F), 0.145 troy ounces silver
worn: $30 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $300
well preserved: $700
fully uncirculated: $1200
francs dated 1833 and 1843 are scarce and catalog at $950 average circulated, $2800 fully uncirculated
francs dated 1841 are rare and catalog at $1500 average circulated, $5000+ fully uncirculated

2 FRANC (2 F), 0.290 troy ounces silver
worn: $150 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $1000
well preserved: $1800
fully uncirculated: $3500
two francs dated 1841 are scarce and catalog at $9500 when fully uncirculated
two francs dated 1849 and 1865 are very rare and catalog at $4000 in average circulated condition

2 1/2 FRANC (2 1/2 F), 0.362 troy ounces silver
worn: $50 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $300
well preserved: $600
fully uncirculated: $1000
2 1/2 francs dated 1848, 1850, and 1865 are rare, and worth about twice these values

5 FRANC (5 F), 0.723 troy ounces silver
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $60
well preserved: $200
fully uncirculated: $450
5 francs dated 1832, 1833, and 1844 are rare, and worth about three times these values
5 francs dated 1838 are rare and catalog at $3500 in average circulated condition
5 francs dated 1840 and 1841 are very rare and catalog at $5000 in average circulated condition

Coin: 9758 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: Kathy, Tue, 06-Dec-2011 20:28:32 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Mon, 01-Oct-2012 03:00:39 GMT
Updated by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Fri, 04-Nov-2016 11:17:15 GMT
Requester description: 1853 Picture on front of coin man and on back crest with shield and flowers with ribbon underneath. Coin has small hole on front going through to the back. Leopold Premier 1853 L'union Fait la Force
Tags: belgium 20 centimes centime 1 4 2 5 francs franc belgisch belgian belge belgische belguiou belgien belgish belgie beleciqve beligiom belgen belgidue belciqve belges belgiue belgioue belgique belg belga cmes franks frank fancs front man crest coat shield flowers flower ribbon hole leopold premier union fait la force boy male mann boys mans arms coats crests insignia crested creast sheild shiled shied chevrons shileld shild escucheon shelid chevron ashield shields florets blossom fler fleurs lises leis lisse flur folwers stems trefoils floral lily orchid posy bouquet fllower flour bud lilly fleur bloomed trefoil floret floer stem flowery lilys fluer fleures pedals premiere dunion lunion crown wreath crowned tiara crwon crpwn crowns tiarra crowning tiera greenery wreathed rief reif reef wreathe wreat garland wreth wreah wreaths lion tiger leaves leaf lions cougar tigers leafs leave leaved leafed leafy leavs

  

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