Coin and Paper Money Collecting/Five Francs item

Advertisement


Question
FIVE FRANCS ITEM
FIVE FRANCS ITEM  

Five francs item
Five francs item  
I found a coin I think and I've tried to google it, but I cannot find any information about it. It is gold in colour and about 6mm in diameter with a readed edge. At the frontside of the coin there's a man facing left with the text Leopold Premier--Roi des Belges. I looked at a picture of Leopold the 1:st and it seems to be him and on the reverse is a shield with the words Lunion Fait La Force

Answer
Hi John,
It is a dateless novelty version of what would have been a large silver 5 Francs from Belgium. Here is an example of what the original coin looks like: http://24carat.co.uk/frame.php?url=belgian5francs.html

Sometimes these little copies are made of solid gold, a jeweler can determine if that is the case with your piece. If so it will be worth gold melt value in general and maybe 25% above melt value to a specialized collector.

Thanks for the question! :)

Coin and Paper Money Collecting

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Dmitry Livshits

Expertise

My specialty is world coins from the 18th to 20th centuries, primarily non-US foreign coins and related areas such as errors and exonumia (tokens, medals, etc.). I can answer questions relating to identification, grading, selling, preservation and evaluation of such items. In addition to catalog value, I can give you the practical market value and trends for specific types of coins. I will also take questions regarding counterfeits (both modern and antique) and on how to identify them. I am NOT knowledgeable in paper money/banknotes, ancient or "shipwreck" coins. Thank you.

Experience

Collector of world coins since early childhood. Access to a variety of auction records and reference material. You can also find me on Facebook.

Education/Credentials
A.S. in Psychology (2006), B.A. in Forensic Psychology (2008), M.A. in Forensic Psychology (2011).

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.