Launch of Belgian Euro Coins for King Philippe

February 24, 2014 in Belgian coins, Coins, Euro Coins, Medals, Royal Mint of Belgium, World Coins

February 24, 2014 By Michael Alexander (

The Royal Mint of Belgium have launched the set of Euro coins which bear the effigy of their new King who succeeded to the Belgian throne upon the abdication of his father King Albert II on the 17th July of last year.

The new portrait which will be used on circulation Euro coins depicts the King who normally wears glasses – without them and in a break with tradition where the Monarch faces to the left on coins – he is depicted facing to the right. His initials, “F P” representing his name in both Flemish and French (Filip – Philippe) are placed to the left of the portrait. The King, who approved the design – was present at the Royal Mint to see the first strikes of the new EURO on the 4th February and also started the minting presses which would produce Belgium’s new circulation coins. The portrait was designed by the Royal Mint’s chief artistic director Luc Luycx who is also the designer of the Eurozone’s common reverse side of all eight denominations.

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