The one-unit pieces issued by nations from around the world contains .1342 ounce of silver in an .835 fine alloy. That works out to just over 18.5 cents in U.S. silver, which means a fair number of smaller and larger denominations were also struck to Latin Monetary Union specifications.
Belgium wasted no time in creating its version of LMU silver as illustrated by the 1 franc of 1866 to 1918. There are a number scarcer and high-priced dates, including the 1917 and 1918. The 1880-dated franc is a commemorative honoring the 50th anniversary of Belgian independence, and it displays the busts of Leopold I and II on the obverse.
Legends on Belgian coinage switch back and forth from French to Dutch, reflecting the heritage and origins of most of the nation. For the collector who likes two for one deals, Belgium looks like a winner.