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v28_1918 - BELGIUM - CONGO FREE STATE 5 francs Léopold II 1887

BELGIUM - CONGO FREE STATE 5 francs Léopold II 1887  AU
MONNAIES 28 (2007)
Starting price : 350.00 €
Estimate : 800.00 €
Realised price : 977.00 €
Number of bids : 20
Maximum bid : 1 250.00 €
Type : 5 francs Léopold II
Date: 1887
Quantity minted : 8000
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : 900 ‰
Diameter : 37,47 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 24,92 g.
Edge : inscrite en relief TRAVAIL * * ET * * PROGRÈS * *
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Malgré une frappe médiocre, superbe exemplaire. Les cheveux sont parfaits ainsi que les détails de la barbe. Au revers, on voit bien toutes les perles de la couronne et les lignes horizontales sur l’écu. Cette monnaie conserve une grande partie de son brillant d’origine et est recouverte d’une très jolie patine grise de collection
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Obverse


Obverse legend : LEOPOLD II R. D. BELGES SOUV. DE L’ETAT INDEP. DU CONGO.
Obverse description : Tête de Léopold II à gauche ; en-dessous signature L. WIENER.

Reverse


Reverse legend : 5/ FRANCS// 1887.
Reverse description : Armes de Léopold II avec la valeur faciale au-dessus et le millésime en-dessous.

Historical background


BELGIUM - INDEPENDENT STATE OF CONGO

(1885-1908)

Leopold II succeeded his father, Leopold I, the Belgian throne in 1865. In 1876 Leopold II organized an international association for the development of Central Africa. Three years later, under his patronage, Stanley competition French explorer Brazza to acquire rights in the Congo region. Occupation is essentially pushed the southern Nile Valley. Leopold also wishes to establish a rail network along the Congo River and its tributaries, create sources essential to the flow of business income and self-management of the conquered territory. At the Berlin Conference of 1884-1885, representatives from 14 European countries and the United States recognize the sovereignty of Leopold the Congo Free State, it exercises sovereignty until 1908. With the resources of the colony, especially crops rubber, the king greatly enriches and many buildings or monuments are constructed Brussels. Following an international campaign by the British to denounce the brutal and inhuman treatment of the local population by the colonial, the king's position becomes untenable and he was forced against his will to transfer the sovereignty of the Congo to the Belgian nation. The Belgian Government renames the "Belgian Congo" territory.

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