Description

Leopold III (3 November 1901 – 25 September 1983) reigned as King of the Belgians from 1934 until 1951, when he abdicated in favour of the heir apparent, his son Baudouin. From 1944 until 1950, Leopold's brother, Charles, served as prince regent while Leopold was declared incompetent to rule. In 1950, the debate about whether Leopold could resume his royal duties provoked a political crisis known as the Royal Question.

Engraver: Marcel Rau (1886–1966)

Obverse

Head of King Leopold III facing left dividing date. Name above, designer's name below.

♦ LEOPOLD III ♦
19 35
RAU

Reverse

Crown above bouquet of wheat ear and oak divides denomination. Bilingual text surrounding.

Type A (1934): with diamonds above and below '20' and 'FR'
Type B (1935): without diamonds

Coins dated 1934 exist with and without umlauts above E in BELGIE

♦ROYAUME DE BELGIQUE♦
20 FR
♦KONINKRIJK BELGIË♦

Edge

Position A: obverse (with bust) facing up, edge text is not readable
Position B: reverse facing up, edge text is readable

= BELGIQUE = BELGIE

20 Francs

KM# 105 LA# BFM-169 LA# BFM-170
Characteristics
Material Silver
Fineness 0.680
Weight 11 g
Diameter 28 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment -
Mint
Royal Belgian Mint

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