Friday, February 29, 2008

Paper Money & Coins #2



2 centimes Léopold Ier

1833-1865
Obverse
The royal monogram is surrounded with the inscription
"LEOPOLD PREMIER ROI DES BELGES"
(Leopold the First King of the Belgians)
Lettering: LEOPOLD PREMIER ROI DES BELGES 1835

Reverse
Lettering: 2 CENTs.
L'UNION FAIT LA FORCE
CONSTITUTION BELGE 1835 * BRAEMT

2 centimes Léopold II
1870
The obverse
features the royal monogram of Leopold II with a crown above.

the inscription reads "LEOPOLD II ROI DES BELGES" 1870
meaning "Leopold II King of the Belgians'

The reverse
features a seated lion with its paw on the Belgian Constitution.

Around the top is the Belgian national motto 'L'UNION FAIT LA FORCE',
meaning literally Unity Makes Strength or 'Strength Through Unity'

Belgian coins
by numista.com
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