Belgian Euro Coins

Belgian Euro coins are interesting in many ways. Did you know that Belgium has no less than five standard series? Or that one of its Commemorative coins is in honour of a British event?

Belgium was one of the founding members of the Euro zone and started issuing coins in 2002. Some basic facts relating to Belgium.

Normal Currency Coins.


The Motif for all Belgian Euro Coins is basically the same - a portrait of the reigning monarch, initially King Albert II together with his royal monogram, a capital A under a crown. After Albert'sabdication in  July 2013, the portrait of his son Phillipe appears as the motif in the 2014 and subsequent series.

In the coins minted from 1999 to 2007 the royal monogram is shown at "three o'clock" and the year of minting is shown at "five o'clock". Both appear in the outer rim.

In 2008 a revised "national side" appeared in order to comply with the new guidelines of the European Commission. These required, among other things, that the circle of 12 stars representing Europe appear as in the European flag - i.e. continuous in a circle with nothing intruding between any of the stars.

The following changes were made

i) The monogram and date of minting were now brought within the inner circle.

ii) The year of minting was moved from "five o'clock to "six o'clock".

iii) The country code for Belgium (BE) now appears under the royal monogram.

iv) Two mint marks appear to the left and right of date.

v) And finally the portrait of the king was slightly altered (to reflect several years of aging?).

In 2009 the "national side" was again revised. The old portrait was again used (the king became younger !!) but the other changes effected in 2008 remained. As Belgium minted with the new "Common Side" from 2007, it has in effect four "Minting series". As from 2014 one must speak of five "Minting Series" as the National Side now shows the portrait of the new king Phillipe.

Belgium's Minting Series

Period Description
from 1999 to 2006 Old Common Side and Old National Side
2007 New Common side and Old National Side
2008 New Common Side and New National Side(with new image of king)
from 2009 to 2013 New Common Side and New national Side(with old image of king)
from 2014 New Common Side and National Side with the new king - Phillipe

Although there is no significant change in the image on the various values, I have included all the standard coins below for the sake of completeness and to maintain a certain consistency between the various national sides.

Old Series

New Series

2014 Series

Two Euro Coin Rim

Around the rim of the Two Euro Coin appear the number "2" followed by "**".
This is repeated six times so that the "12-Star" European motif is represented. Each "2" is inverted with respect to the preceding and following "2".

Belgian Commemorative Two Euro Coins.

Belgian Commemorative Coin 2005

2005 - The Belgian -Luxembourg financial agreement.

Date of issue    : 20.05.2005

Issuing Volume : 6 Million

Belgian Commemorative Coin 2006 Atomium

2006 - Renovation of the Atomium in Brussels.
(Note the Country Code -B- in the outer ring at 12 o'clock)

Date of issue   : 10.04.2006

Issuing Volume :5 Million

Belgian Commemorative Coin 2008, Human Krights

2008 - 60th Anniversary of the declaration of human rights.

Date of issue     :12.06.2008

Issuing Volume : 5 Million

Belgian Commemorative Coin 2009 - Braille

2009 - 200th birthday of Louis Braille.

Date of issue     :25.09.2009

Issuing Volume : 5 Million

Belgian Commemorative Coin 2010

2010 - Belgian presidency of the EU.

Date of issue     : June 2010

Issuing Volume : 5 Million

Belgian Commemorative Coin 2011 - International Womens Day

2011 - 100th anniversary of the International Women's Day.

Date of issue     :03.05.2011

Issuing Volume : 5 Million

Belgian Commemorative Coin 2012 - Queen Elizabeth Competition

2012 - 75th anniversary of the Queen Elisabeth Competition.

Date of issue     : May 2012

Issuing Volume : 5 Million

Belgian Commemorative Coin 2013 - Royal Meterological Institution

2013 - 100th anniversary of the Royal meterological Institute.

Date of issue     : September 2013

Issuing Volume : 2 Million

Belgian Commemorative Coin 2014

2014 - 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War.

Date of issue     : 12.05.2014

Issuing Volume : 1,750,000

Belgian Commemorative Coin 2014 - Red Cross

2014 - 150th anniversary of the grounding of the Red Cross.

Date of issue     : 18.09.2014

Issuing Volume : 287,500

Belgian Commemorative Coin 2015 - European Year of Development

2015 - European Year of Development.

Date of issue     : 15.09.2015

Issuing Volume : 250,000

Belgian Commemorative Coin 2016 - Olympic Games 2016

2016 - Olympic Games - 2016.

Date of issue     : 24.03.2016

Issuing Volume : 375,000

Belgian Commemorative Coin 2016 - Day of missing Children

2016 - Day of missing Children.

Date of issue     : 25.05.2016

Issuing Volume : 1,020,000

Belgian Commemorative Coin 2017 - University of Liège

2017 - 200th Anniversary of the University of Liège.

Date of issue     : 15.05.2017

Issuing Volume : 200,000

Belgian Commemorative Coin 2017 - University of Ghent

2017 - 200th Anniversary of the University of Ghent.

Date of issue     : 29.07.2017

Issuing Volume : 200,000

2018 - 50th Anniversary of the Student Riots in 1968.

Date of issue     : 19.06.2018

Issuing Volume : 257,500

2018 - 50th Anniversary of the Belgian participation in the ESRO Satellite.

Date of issue     : 20.09.2018

Issuing Volume : 257,500

2019 - 550th Anniversary of the
death of Pieter
Bruegel the Elder.

Issue Date: 24.01.2019

Number Minted: 155,000

2019 - 25 Anniversary of the establishment of the European Monetary Institute (EMI).

Issue Date: 24.01.2019

Number Minted: 155,000

2020 - International Year of Plant Health.

Issue Date: 05.03.2020

Number Minted: 755,000

2020 - van Eyck year.

Issue Date: 15.10.2020

Number Minted: 155,000

2021 - 100th Anniversary of the Economic Union with Luxembourg.

Issue Date: 07.07.2021

Number Minted: 155,000

2021 - 500th Anniversary of the issuing of the first Karlsgulden.

Issue Date: 27.10.2021

Number Minted: 155,250

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