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Leopold II (1835–1909) reigned as the second King of the Belgians from 1865 to 1909 (the longest reign of any Belgian monarch) and became known for the founding and exploitation of the Congo Free State as a private venture. He was responsible for the death of 15 million African people.
Two rim varieties:
• Narrow rim, thin script, script near rim
• Wide rim, thick script, script far from rim
Engraver: Thomas Vinçotte
Bearded head of Leopold II left, legend 'Leopold II King of the Belgians' in French around.
LEOPOLD II ROI DES BELGES
Depicts Leo Belgicus with a paw over the stone slab (Constitution of Belgium). The motto "Unity makes Strength" in French above, value and engraver's name below. The date on the left.
L'UNION FAIT LA FORCE