• 5 Centimes 1941-1942, KM# 124, Belgium, Leopold III
  • 5 Centimes 1941-1942, KM# 124, Belgium, Leopold III
Description

Leopold III (1901–1983) 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: Oscar Jespers

Obverse

Crowned monogram of Leopold III, date below.

Some monarchies never had a physical crown, just a heraldic representation, as in the constitutional kingdom of Belgium.

1942

Reverse

Coats of arms of Ghent (left), Liège (middle) and Arlon (right) surrounded by bilingual legends (Flemish on the left, French on the right). Value and engraver's initials below.

Ghent is a city and a municipality in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It is the capital and largest city of the East Flanders province and after Antwerp the largest municipality of Belgium.

Liège is a major Walloon city and municipality and the capital of the Belgian province of Liège.

Arlon is a Walloon municipality of Belgium located in and capital of the province of Luxembourg. With a population of just over 28,000, it is the smallest provincial capital in Belgium. Arlon is also the capital of its cultural region: the Arelerland (Land of Arlon in Luxemburgish).

BELGIE-BELGIQUE
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5 c
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Edge

5 Centimes

BELGIE-BELGIQUE
KM# 124 Schön# 85 LA# BFM-30
Characteristics
Material Zinc
Weight 2.5 g
Diameter 19 mm
Thickness 1.45 mm
Shape round with a center hole
Alignment -
Mint
Royal Belgian Mint

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