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  • 5 Francs 1948-1981, KM# 134, Belgium, Baudouin
  • 5 Francs 1948-1981, KM# 134, Belgium, Baudouin
Description

Baudouin (1930–1993) was King of the Belgians from 1951 until his death in 1993. He was the last Belgian king to be sovereign of the Congo.

Two main groups of the reverse are known.
Die A (1948-1974, 1976-1981) - first numeral in date '1' with short nose.
Die B (1975) - first numeral in date '1' with long nose.

Engraver: Marcel Rau

Obverse

Depicts a head of the goddess Ceres (on the left), a cornucopia (horn of plenty) on the right, the date on the left, engraver's surname below truncation.

In ancient Roman religion, Ceres was a goddess of agriculture, grain crops, fertility and motherly relationships. She was originally the central deity in Rome's so-called plebeian or Aventine Triad, then was paired with her daughter Proserpina in what Romans described as "the Greek rites of Ceres". Her seven-day April festival of Cerealia included the popular Ludi Ceriales (Ceres' games). She was also honoured in the May lustratio of the fields at the Ambarvalia festival, at harvest-time, and during Roman marriages and funeral rites.

1979
RAU

Reverse

An oak branch underneath a crown dividing value, country name in French below.

5 FR
= BELGIQUE =

Edge

5 Francs

French Text
KM# 134 Schön# 106 LA# BFM-137
Characteristics
Material Cupronickel
Weight 6 g
Diameter 24 mm
Thickness 1.78 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Alt # KM# 134.1, KM# 134.2
Mint
Royal Belgian Mint

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