Gold bullion coins that once served as circulation coinage throughout the world are now popular among investors and collectors alike. These coins offer lower premiums as former circulation pieces but still contain valuable gold content. Silver coins are less prominent but do exist. One such example of the Silver Franc of Belgium. Today, Silver 5 Francs Coins from Belgium are available to you online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you sealed inside of protective plastic flip!
- Issued initially between 1832 and 1876!
- Consists of .8037 Troy ounces of actual silver content.
- The face value of 5 Francs was fully backed by the Kingdom of Belgium.
- On the obverse is an effigy of Leopold I or Leopold II of Belgium.
- The reverse side includes either a wreath and legend or the coat of arms for the kingdom.
Belgium’s history is complex, and so too is that of its coinage. The nation used the French Franc denomination for years because the era of Napoleonic Wars had seen France engulf most of the territory now known as the nation of Belgium. For a period of time, Belgium was also part of the Netherlands.
All of the Silver 5 Francs Coins in this listing come from Belgium and were originally struck between 1832 and 1876. The Silver 5 Franc coin was no longer struck after 1876, but it was still widely accepted through the 1930s before it was removed from circulation. The coins in this listing come from the 19th-century issue period mentioned above. Each coin arrives in protective plastic and has varying designs.
The Silver 5 Francs issued during the reign of Leopold I, King of the Belgians, include his portrait on one side and a legend on the other side. The obverse features the left-profile portrait of a young Leopold I with a wreath crown, the man who claimed the throne of the Kingdom of Belgium when it gained independence in 1830. The reverse of 5 Francs silver coins for sale from his reign includes a wreath of oak leaves surrounding the engravings of “5 Francs,” a date mark, and a five-pointed star.
Following Leopold I’s death, his son Leopold II became the second King of the Belgians. The Silver 5 Francs from his reign include a left-profile portrait of an older Leopold II with no crown. The reverse of coinage from his era includes the image of the crowned royal arms of the Kingdom of Belgium and a face value of “5” “F” split on either side of the shield. The date mark is below the shield.
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