Gold Coins From Belgium

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The Belgian Gold Coins: Sizes and Designs

Early Belgian Gold Coins are quite rare because the coins used in Belgium, prior to 1830, mainly consisted of those which belonged to the countries that occupied it. The most popular gold piece of the Belgian coinage that can be encountered today is the 20 Francs gold coin, even though the 10, 25 and 40 denominations of the coin have been also issued. These coins were produced of .900 fine gold and weighted 0.0916 oz., 0.1867 oz., 0.2291 oz., 0.3734 oz. and 0.4963 oz. of gold. During more recent times, Belgium produced ECUs and, nowadays, euro coins. The 50 ECU coin was issued of 0.4963 oz. of .900 fine gold. The Belgian Gold Francs’ designs vary according to the country’s history, beginning with country’s independence as a constitutional monarchy in 1830, and being influenced by three main periods: Leopold I 1831 -1865, Leopold II 1865-1909 and Albert I 1909-1934. One interesting characteristic of the Belgian Gold Franks is that the coin issues have two distinct varieties, with the Flemish and French inscriptions, the first ones showing the denominations in “Franks” and the name as “Koning Der Belgen”, and the other ones with “Francs” denominations and the “Roi des Belges” name. These varieties come from the Belgium’s specific areas, the North which is Flemish and the South which is French speaking.

The Belgian Gold Francs Coins

One of the most popular Belgian Gold Coins is the “Leopold's” 20 Franc Gold Coins. These coins are slightly more difficult to be acquired, but their scarcity makes them even more desirable. The “Leopold's” were produced during the King Leopold II’s monarchy, between 1869 and 1909, and carry his profile picture on the obverse side of the coin. The Belgium King believed that establishing overseas colonies was the key to success for the country. But his exploitation of them, especially in Congo, wasn’t looked upon favorably. Later, in 1908, he was forced by the Belgian parliament to give up the control of the land. Besides the Kings’ profile portrait, on the obverse side of the coin are also engraved the words “Leopold II”, “Roi des Belges” and the date of mint. On the reverse side of the coin is depicted the Belgian Coat of Arms, bearing the Belgium lion on the shield, along with two crossed sables and the crown, encircled by the engravings “L’Union fait la force” and the coin’s denomination. The edge of the coin has raised 5-pointed stars, along with the raised letters “Dieu protégé la Belgique”.

Belgian coins, with their exquisite design and relative scarcity, continue to be favorite items among collectors and investors worldwide. Take a look at our collection of Belgian Gold coins for sale and you will surely find one that will catch your attention. If you have any questions about these remarkable world gold coins, please do not hesitate to contact us at 800.852.6884. You can also reach Bullion Exchanges customer service associates online through the use of our live chat feature, or by email at [email protected].