Description

Engraver: Joseph-Pierre Braemt

Obverse

Depicts Leo Belgicus. Around is the Belgian motto 'Unity makes strength' in French.

The Leo Belgicus (Latin for Belgic Lion) was used in both heraldry and map design to symbolize the former Low Countries (current day Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium and a small part of northern France) with the shape of a lion. The names derived from the Belgae are now mostly identified with the country Belgium.

L'UNION FAIT LA FORCE
BRAEMT
⋆ 1861 ⋆

Reverse

Denomination and star within shaded circle surrounded by the inscription 'Leopold First King of the Belgians'.

LEOPOLD PREMIER ROI DES BELGES
5
CENTIMES

Edge

5 Centimes

KM# 21 LA# BFM-15
Characteristics
Material Cupronickel
Weight 3 g
Diameter 19 mm
Thickness 1.29 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin

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