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|obverse= [[wikt:janiform|Janiform]] head of [[wikipedia:Leopold I of Belgium|Leopold I]] and [[wikipedia:Frederick William IV of Prussia|Frederick William IV]], year
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|reverse= *[[wikipedia:Escutcheon (heraldry)|Escutcheon]]s of the coats of arms of [[wikipedia:Coat of arms of Belgium|Belgium]] and [[wikipedia:Coat of arms of Prussia|Prussia]], year (sometimes obverse)
 
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The '''2 [[franc]] [[coin]]''' of [[Neutral Moresnet]] was minted in [[1848]]. Such a coin was not given the status of [[legal tender]], and its exact origins are currently unknown. It was first mentioned in the [[Royal Numismatic Society of Belgium]]'s ''Revue de la Numismatique belge'' of 1869, and was subsequently covered in the [[United Kingdom|UK]]-based ''[[Numismatic Circular]]'' during the early 20th century. The coin is currently listed in [[Krause Publications|Krause]]'s ''[[Standard Catalog of World Coins|Unusual World Coins]]'' under the "LA CALAMINE" subsection of "BELGIUM MORESNET".
 
The '''2 [[franc]] [[coin]]''' of [[Neutral Moresnet]] was minted in [[1848]]. Such a coin was not given the status of [[legal tender]], and its exact origins are currently unknown. It was first mentioned in the [[Royal Numismatic Society of Belgium]]'s ''Revue de la Numismatique belge'' of 1869, and was subsequently covered in the [[United Kingdom|UK]]-based ''[[Numismatic Circular]]'' during the early 20th century. The coin is currently listed in [[Krause Publications|Krause]]'s ''[[Standard Catalog of World Coins|Unusual World Coins]]'' under the "LA CALAMINE" subsection of "BELGIUM MORESNET".
   
The coins of Moresnet were made using a number of metals, including [[bronze]], [[copper]], [[gold]], and [[silver]]. In addition, three known design varieties of the 2 franc coin were minted. The first, most notable variety features a [[wikt:janiform|janiform]] head of {{wp|en|King of Belgium|King}} {{wp|en|Leopold I of Belgium|Leopold I}} of [[Belgium]] and {{wp|en|King of Prussia|King}} {{wp|en|Frederick William IV of Prussia|Frederick William IV}} of [[Kingdom of Prussia|Prussia]] in the center of the [[obverse]] inside a beaded circular frame. The {{wp|en|Latin}} legend "SUB DUPLICI PRAESIDIO LIBERTAS" and the date "1848" are inscribed along the outer rim. The {{wp|en|Escutcheon (heraldry)|escutcheon}}s of the coats of arms of {{wp|en|Coat of arms of Belgium|Belgium}} and {{wp|en|Coat of arms of Prussia|Prussia}} are displayed next to each other in the middle of the [[reverse]], albeit without crowns. Above is the value "2 F" and two shaking hands, and below are two {{wp|en|Branch|branches}} tied together by a bow. Written around the upper periphery is the French text "COMMUNE LIBRE DE MORESNET" (English: "Free Commune of Moresnet"). The second known variety uses the "escutcheon" design for its obverse, and the French words "VIVRE ET PROSPERER SOUS LA DOUBLE PROTECTION DE LA PRUSSE ET DE LA BELGIQUE" (English: "Live and prosper under the double protection of Prussia and Belgium") for its reverse. The third variety, which does not feature its value, uses the "janiform head" design for its obverse and the French text on its reverse. A number of [[uniface]] [[trial strike]]s were minted as well.
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The coins of Moresnet were made using a number of metals, including [[bronze]], [[copper]], [[gold]], and [[silver]]. In addition, three known design varieties of the 2 franc coin were minted. The first, most notable variety features a [[wikt:janiform|janiform]] head of [[wikipedia:King of Belgium|King]] [[wikipedia:Leopold I of Belgium|Leopold I]] of [[Belgium]] and [[wikipedia:King of Prussia|King]] [[wikipedia:Frederick William IV of Prussia|Frederick William IV]] of [[Kingdom of Prussia|Prussia]] in the center of the [[obverse]] inside a beaded circular frame. The [[wikipedia:Latin|Latin]] legend "SUB DUPLICI PRAESIDIO LIBERTAS" and the date "1848" are inscribed along the outer rim. The [[wikipedia:Escutcheon (heraldry)|escutcheon]]s of the coats of arms of [[wikipedia:Coat of arms of Belgium|Belgium]] and [[wikipedia:Coat of arms of Prussia|Prussia]] are displayed next to each other in the middle of the [[reverse]], albeit without crowns. Above is the value "2 F" and two shaking hands, and below are two [[wikipedia:Branch|branches]] tied together by a bow. Written around the upper periphery is the French text "COMMUNE LIBRE DE MORESNET" (English: "Free Commune of Moresnet"). The second known variety uses the "escutcheon" design for its obverse, and the French words "VIVRE ET PROSPERER SOUS LA DOUBLE PROTECTION DE LA PRUSSE ET DE LA BELGIQUE" (English: "Live and prosper under the double protection of Prussia and Belgium") for its reverse. The third variety, which does not feature its value, uses the "janiform head" design for its obverse and the French text on its reverse. A number of [[uniface]] [[trial strike]]s were minted as well.
   
 
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