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  • 50 Centimes 1866-1899, KM# 27, Belgium, Leopold II
  • 50 Centimes 1866-1899, KM# 27, Belgium, Leopold II

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.

Engraver: Leopold Wiener


Bearded head of Leopold II left, legend 'Leopold II King of the Belgians' in Dutch around. Name of the engraver below.



Depicts the Belgium lesser coat of arms dividing facial value. The motto "Unity makes Strength" in Dutch above, date below.

The lesser coat of arms consists of the shield, the royal crown, the crossed sceptres, the collar of the Order of Leopold. The shield bears a lion known as Leo Belgicus (Latin: the Belgian lion). Behind the shield are placed a hand of justice and a sceptre with a lion. The grand collar of the Order of Leopold surrounds the shield.

The Order of Leopold (Dutch: Leopoldsorde, French: Ordre de Léopold) is one of the three current Belgian national honorary orders of knighthood. It is the oldest and highest order of Belgium and is named in honour of its founder; King Leopold I. It consists of a military, a maritime and a civil division. The maritime division is only awarded to personnel of the merchant navy, and the military division to military personnel. The decoration was established on 11 July 1832 and is awarded by Royal order.

50 Cn
18 98


50 Centimes

Dutch Text
KM# 27 LA# BFM-67
Material Silver
Fineness 0.835
Weight 2.5 g
Diameter 18 mm
Thickness 1.05 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Royal Belgian Mint

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