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Design and designing => Coin design => Unrealised designs => Topic started by: <k> on July 18, 2021, 09:18:41 PM

Title: Belgian Congo: pattern coins of the 1940s
Post by: <k> on July 18, 2021, 09:18:41 PM
During the Second World War, Belgium was occupied by the Nazis. Therefore the coins of the Belgian Congo were minted in Pretoria, South Africa, and also at the Philadelphia Mint, USA.

A 50 centimes coin was never issued for the Belgian Congo in the 1940s.


Below, however, you see a brass pattern 50 centimes coin dated 1946.

It carries the famous elephant design by Armand Bonnetain.


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Title: Re: Belgian Congo: pattern coins of the 1940s
Post by: <k> on July 18, 2021, 09:20:20 PM
Below you see the 1 franc coin of the issued elephant series.

It was issued from 1944 to 1949.
Title: Re: Belgian Congo: pattern coins of the 1940s
Post by: <k> on July 18, 2021, 09:21:25 PM
Below you see the brass pattern 1 franc coin of 1944.

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Title: Re: Belgian Congo: pattern coins of the 1940s
Post by: <k> on July 18, 2021, 09:22:39 PM
Below you see another brass pattern 1 franc coin of 1944 with a different obverse.

The obverse is the side that shows the country name.


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Title: Re: Belgian Congo: pattern coins of the 1940s
Post by: <k> on July 18, 2021, 09:24:03 PM
Below you see a steel pattern 1 franc coin of 1944.


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Title: Re: Belgian Congo: pattern coins of the 1940s
Post by: <k> on July 18, 2021, 09:24:50 PM
Below you see a steel pattern 1 franc coin of 1944 with a different obverse.


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Title: Re: Belgian Congo: pattern coins of the 1940s
Post by: <k> on July 18, 2021, 09:27:15 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=30793.0;attach=72160;image)

Above you see the issued 2 francs coin of 1943.

It is famous for its spelling mistake: BELGISH instead of BELGISCH.
Title: Re: Belgian Congo: pattern coins of the 1940s
Post by: <k> on July 18, 2021, 09:28:26 PM
Below you see a brass pattern 2 francs coin of 1944 with the correct spelling of BELGISCH.


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Title: Re: Belgian Congo: pattern coins of the 1940s
Post by: <k> on July 18, 2021, 09:29:52 PM
Below you see a steel pattern 2 francs coin of 1944 with the correct spelling of BELGISCH.


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Title: Re: Belgian Congo: pattern coins of the 1940s
Post by: <k> on July 18, 2021, 09:32:08 PM
In addition to brass and steel patterns, a copper 1 franc pattern was produced, dated 1944.

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Title: Re: Belgian Congo: pattern coins of the 1940s
Post by: <k> on July 18, 2021, 09:34:35 PM
The official 5 francs coin of the elephant series was issued in 1947 only.
Title: Re: Belgian Congo: pattern coins of the 1940s
Post by: <k> on July 18, 2021, 09:35:37 PM
Below you see a brass pattern 5 francs coin dated 1946.


Image copyright of Spink (https://www.spink.com).
Title: Re: Belgian Congo: pattern coins of the 1940s
Post by: <k> on July 18, 2021, 09:45:43 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=39617.0;attach=88840;image)

The only other issued coin in the elephant series was the silver 50 francs coin.

It was issued in 1944 only.


To my knowledge, no pattern variations were made of this coin.
Title: Re: Belgian Congo: pattern coins of the 1940s
Post by: Figleaf on July 18, 2021, 10:14:15 PM
Thanks, <k>. Great to see the pattern series. The word patt(ern) is English, not French or Dutch. Another little revelation is that all the patterns are dated 1944 or later, while the 2 francs with the misspelling are dated 1943. Yet the pattern 2 franken fit in with the others you show. I now wonder if the date on the circulation 2 francs was an "error" also.

Peter
Title: Re: Belgian Congo: pattern coins of the 1940s
Post by: <k> on July 22, 2021, 06:08:21 PM
See also: Belgium's African possessions (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,30793.0.html).
Title: Re: Belgian Congo: pattern coins of the 1940s
Post by: sannechino on November 02, 2021, 05:28:50 AM
Quote from: <k> on July 18, 2021, 09:18:41 PM
During the Second World War, Belgium was occupied by the Nazis. Therefore the coins of the Belgian Congo were minted in Pretoria, South Africa, and also at the Philadelphia Mint, USA.

A 50 centimes coin was never issued for the Belgian Congo in the 1940s.


Below, however, you see a brass pattern 50 centimes coin dated 1946.

It carries the famous elephant design by Armand Bonnetain.


Image copyright of Spink (https://www.spink.com).


Yes, I own this coin.  It is the only example that I have ever seen so far after 25 years of searching.
It is now graded NGC MS63