• 10 Centimes 1910-1928, KM# 18, Belgian Congo, Albert I
  • 10 Centimes 1910-1928, KM# 18, Belgian Congo, Albert I
Description

The Belgian Congo was a Belgian colony in Central Africa between 1908 and 1960 in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Albert I (1875–1934) reigned as the King of the Belgians from 1909 to 1934. This was an eventful period in the history of Belgium, which included the period of World War I (1914–1918), when 90 percent of Belgium was overrun, occupied, and ruled by the German Empire. Other crucial issues included the adoption of the Treaty of Versailles, the ruling of the Belgian Congo as an overseas possession of the Kingdom of Belgium along with the League of Nations mandate of Ruanda-Urundi, the reconstruction of Belgium following the war, and the first five years of the Great Depression (1929–1934). King Albert died in a mountaineering accident in eastern Belgium in 1934, at the age of 58, and he was succeeded by his son Leopold III (r. 1934–1951).

Obverse

Five Albert I monograms drawing a star. Country name in French and Dutch.

CONGO BELGE • BELGISCH-CONGO •
A A A A A

Reverse

Hole at center of star, date below star, value above.

Coins struck at Heaton Mint (H) have smaller dates than those produced elsewhere.

★★★ 10 C. ★★★
1927

Edge
Characteristics
Material Cupronickel
Weight 4 g
Diameter 22 mm
Thickness 1.5 mm
Shape round with a center hole
Alignment Coin
Alt # LA# BCM-7, LA# BCM-8
Mints
Heaton Mint, Birmingham (H)
Royal Belgian Mint

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