Belgium Euro Coins
Belgium became a founding member of the European Economic Community in 1957, and
Brussels is home to many key European institutions, including the European Commission and the European Parliament.
As one of the EU's founding members and the self-styled "capital of Europe", there is great support for EMU in
Belgium. Belgians are used to the idea of monetary union, having shared a currency with Luxembourg since 1920.
The euro's popularity is undisputed, with 70 per cent in favour of EMU, according to a survey in 1999.
The national designs on the Belgian euro coins represent elements of the coins previously in circulation. A
national panel made up of leading Belgian officials, artists and experts in numismatics chose the motif used on all
the coins. The Belgian euro coins feature only a single design for all eight coins: the portrait or effigy of King
Albert II of Belgium and his royal monogram (a capital 'A' underneath a crown). Also part of the design by Jan Alfons
Keustermans (Director of the Municipal Academy of Fine Arts of Turnhout) are the 12 stars of the EU and the year of
In 2002, two Polish statisticians performed an experiment that indicated that the Belgian €1 coin lands on
heads more often than tails when spun on a table. However, their result, 140 heads out of 250 flips, is not
significant, since the probability of a result this extreme or more extreme is more than 6%. Please take a look at
The Belgian National Mint.
The Belgian 2 euro coin edge inscription
|The sequence "2 * *" repeated six times alternately upright and inverted|
Mintmarks on Belgian euro coins
|King Alberto's royal monogram, an "A", under a crown|
|Head of archangel St. Michael, patron saint of Brussels|
|Scale representing the Belgian Royal Mint director, Romain Coenen|
|Feather representing the Belgian Royal Mint director, Serge Lesens (January 1, 2009)|
|Cat (Gillard's pet) representing the Belgian Royal Mint director, Bernard Gillard (June 1, 2012)|
Prior to 2008, the Head of archangel St. Michael only appeared on commemorative issues