5 cents Antwerp 1814 silver

5 cents Antwerp 1814 silver

5 cents Antwerp 1814 silver

Period: 19th Century

Country: Belgium

Ruler: Napoleon

Denomination: 5 Cents

Mint: Antwerp

Weight: 16,41 g

Quality: AU (SUP+)

Auction house: iNumis

Date: 3 May 2017

Starting price: 5000 euros

Historical context

Napoleon changed the history of Europe once and for all. The Napoleonic Wars spread the ideas that emerged during the French Revolution to the rest of Europe. However, from 1813 to 1814 a coalition of European countries managed to defeat France in the so-called War of the Sixth Coalition.

One of the episodes of the War of the Sixth Coalition was the Siege of Antwerp, which lasted from 14 January 1814 to 4 May 1814. During this time the city of Antwerp minted quite a lot of 5 cents and 10 cents obsidional coins. As it is typically the case when coins are minted during a siege, they present very many variants. Here you can find a list of the variants of these 5 and 10 cent coins. You may notice that none of the coins listed are minted in silver. This shows how rare the coin in the auction is.


The huge numismatic legacy of Napoleon is collected all around Europe because of the big impact of the Napoleonic Wars in almost any European country. However, obsidional coins are not as beautiful as others and, for this reason, not so many collectors are interested in them. In any case, the coin in the auction is of the highest interest because only two specimens are known to exist and this is the only one in private hands. In addition, its quality is very high for an obsidional coin.

Regarding the price, I am afraid that it will be very difficult to define a reasonable price range for this coin. The reason is that it is the first time that this coin appears in an auction and I could not find other unique (or extremely rare) silver coin that targets the same market.

Description from the seller

La 5 centimes avec CENTs et grand module est très rare et absente de la plupart des collections avec 30 exemplaires répertoriés dont la moitié en musées et cabinets des médailles. Nous avons ici une rarissime frappe en argent au même type, qui n’est connue qu’à un seul et unique exemplaire conservé au musée Vleeshuis à Anvers. Cette monnaie rarissime, avec quelques exemplaires frappés selon les auteurs, n’a donc jamais été proposée en Vente publique ! Fabrication habituelle pour ces types, avec de fines stries d’ajustage dans les champs et la frappe légèrement décentrée notamment au droit. La tranche est limée mais on perçoit les traces d’un marquage, ce qui laisse penser à un flan réutilisé (cf. Colaert qui indique qu’un exemplaire fut frappé sur une demi-couronne d’argent). Magnifique exemplaire couvert d’une délicate patine de collection et une occasion unique d’acquérir cette pièce de musée


1 Comment

  1. CorveraNo Gravatar 10 months ago

    These coinage were first made in the “Wolschot” metallurgical workshops in March 1814 with the first tests being 16.66 g and 33 mm per piece and later being minted at 12.5 g and 30 mm (Vanhoudt #901)

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