Royal Mint of Belgium

The Royal Mint of Belgium is responsible for ordering the Belgian circulation coins, the design, the quality control and the screening of counterfeit coins. The Royal Mint also represents the Belgian State on an international level. The coinage and the commercialization of commemorative coins and medals has been awarded to the Royal Dutch Mint. The Belgian king remains the issuing authority.

Issuances of official assortment by the Royal Mint of Belgium

2020

The issuances of the official assortment by the Royal Mint of Belgium and available on the following website www.piecescommemoratives.be in 2020 are known.

For more information regarding the launch date, the quantity as well as the purchase procedure, please click here.

The 2 Euro commemorative coin celebrating the international year of plant health 2020 will be put into circulation later this year. It concerns 600,000 coins which will be mixed with the other 2 Euro coins currently into circulation. Therefore, these coins will not be packed in rolls, will not be available to collectors and will not be sold, even at the counters of the National Bank of Belgium.  The 2 Euro commemorative coins will be put into circulation during the year 2020 according to the general demand regarding 2 Euro coins on the market. Besides, the commercial issuances (coincard and Proof) can be purchased on the following website.

More information regarding the coin celebrating the international year of Plant Health can be found here.

Remark: the official issuances ordered by the Royal Mint of Belgium bear the mark of the Mint Master, next to the Utrecht’s Dutch Mint (Royal Dutch Mint). The other issuances which are not mentioned in the table below are not official issuances of the Belgian State.

Timing

Denomination

Theme

Metal

Max. Mintage

January

Set

World Money Fair 2020 - Belgian fries

Various

500

February

20 Euro

Bruges - Historical city centre 20 years UNESCO World Heritage

Silver 925 °/°° 

2,500

March

2 Euro BU

International Year of Plant Health 2020

Bi-colour

150,000

March

2 Euro Proof

International Year of Plant Health 2020

Bi-colour

5,000

March

2.5 Euro

100 years Olympic Games Antwerp 1920-2020

Brass

25,000 with raised design and 25.000 in colour

March

5 Euro

75 years Luke and Lucy

Cupronickel

6,250 with raised design and 6,250 in colour

April

2.5 Euro

75 years peace and freedom in Europe

Brass 

50,000

May

5 Euro

185 years first train on European mainland

Silver 925 °/°°

5,000

May

12.5 Euro

150th birthday Jane Brigode

Gold 999 °/°°

2,500

June

Set

Set Benelux 2020

Various

5,000

July

5 Euro

Team Belgium Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Cupronickel

6,250 with raised design and 6,250 in colour

August

Set

Fleur de Coin annual set 2020 - theme Antwerp

Various 

15,000

September

10 Euro

500th birthday Christophe Plantin

Silver 925 °/°°

3,000

October

2 Euro BU

Jan van Eyck year 2020

Bi-colour

150,000

October

2 Euro Proof

Jan van Eyck year 2020

Bi-colour

5,000

October

10 Euro

Gothic - Jan van Eyck year 2020 (Europe-star Euro)

Silver 925°/°°

5,000

October

50 Euro

Gothic - Jan van Eyck year 2020 (Europe-star Euro)

Gold 999 °/°°

1,000

November

Set

Proofset 2020 in cassette

Various

1,000

Last issues Muntinfo (Dutch)

Important Notice

The Royal Mint of Belgium has started to sell the remaining commercial products from the stocks via Finshop. Coins will be offered at regular intervals via the following link.
 

Frequently asked questions about the Royal Mint of Belgium

  • Where and how can I buy commemorative coins?

    On 22 January 2018 the public procurement contract for the minting and exploitation rights of coins was awarded to the Royal Dutch Mint. From now on, they will produce the circulation coins and commemorative coins for Belgium, by order and under the supervision of the Royal Mint of Belgium. The coins will still be designed by Luc Luycks of the Royal Mint of Belgium. The Belgian King remains the legal issuer of the coins.

    You can contact the Royal Dutch Mint in Belgium at klantendienst@herdenkingsmunten.be or at www.herdenkingsmunten.be, where you can find more information about the new commemorative coins on offer. You can also order them online.

    The Royal Mint of Belgium has started to sell its remaining stock of commercial products through Finshop. Coins will regularly be on offer at the following link.

  • Is there an availability of €2 commemorative coin rolls?

    In the last few years it has been impossible to get commemorative coins at bank counters or at the National Bank of Belgium. New €2 commemorative coin rolls are no longer produced. For some time now they have only been on offer in coincards for collectors.

  • Where and how can I buy circulation coin rolls (of a specific year)?

    You can buy coin rolls at your bank or at the counters of the National Bank of Belgium (avenue de Berlaimont 3, 1000 Brussels). However, we cannot guarantee that you will receive coin rolls of this year, since rolls are also issued with coins that have come back from the market and have been repacked for circulation. As a result, the rolls may not only contain Belgian coins, but also foreign coins, and the year on the coins will be different.

  • Why are €2 commemorative coins more expensive than in other countries (such as Luxembourg)?

    Our country has stopped putting new €2 coins into circulation because we still have a large stock of existing €2 coins. That is why new commemorative coins are, for the time being, only offered as collector’s items in coincards, although they are legal tender in the entire euro area. Their design has been approved at a European level and adequate royal decrees have been issued as a legal basis for these coins.

    The special packaging and limited issuing have turned these coins into collector’s items for which a surcharge is applied. However, Belgium is not the only country to supply this kind of products in coincards or to sell €2 coins at a price above their face value. Moreover, more and more countries are mulling over the idea of stopping the production of new €2 commemorative coins for circulation purposes (but not for collection purposes) in order to meet the request of European authorities not to produce any new coins and to eliminate the existing stock surpluses first.

    Since the beginning of this year, Belgian commemorative coins have been commercialized by the Royal Dutch Mint, which was awarded the public procurement contract for coin mintage and exploitation rights. So from now on they will produce the circulation coins and commemorative coins for Belgium, by order and under the supervision of the Royal Mint of Belgium. They will also sell the latter type of coins. Since the commercialization is entirely in the hands of the Royal Dutch Mint, they are free to set the selling price. The Royal Mint of Belgium has no impact on the price setting. However, the coins are still designed by Luc Luycks of the Royal Mint of Belgium.

    The Royal Dutch Mint has chosen to present itself on the Belgian market under the name ‘herdenkingsmunten.be’ and can be contacted at www.herdenkingsmunten.be or at klantendienst@herdenkingsmunten.be

  • Why does Belgium not put €2 commemorative coins into circulation?

    In the past, Belgium designed and brought to market a large number of €2 commemorative coins. These issuances mostly involved a combination of circulation coins and higher-quality collectors' coins. In recent years however, we as a country have been faced with a large stock of €2 coins in the Public Treasury. Therefore, it would be difficult to reconcile the production and distribution of new commemorative coins with the fact that there still is a huge existing stock of coins. This would go against the principle of efficiency held in high regard throughout the euro area.

    The issuance of €2 commemorative coins is not an obligation. Every country is free to issue two such coins per year, after going through an acceptance process.

    Our country has nevertheless decided to issue new €2 coins, but for the time being only as a collector’s item in a coincard. This means that the coins are not put into circulation, although they are €2 coins that are recognized as legal tender in the entire euro area. Their design has been approved at a European level and adequate royal decrees have been issued as a legal basis for these coins.

  • What about Belgian €2 commemorative coins that are not packed in rolls?

    The Royal Mint of Belgium receives on a regular basis remarks of coin collectors or other members of the public that they come across 2 euro coins in official coin rolls whereas these coins were not produced in official mint rolls by the Royal Mint of Belgium. Often these mint rolls are put up for sale at prices far above the nominal value of the coins.

    In the  following (PDF, 1.25 MB) table we present all the 2 euro coins issued by the Royal Mint of Belgium that were not packed in official mint rolls.

    The Royal Mint of Belgium emphasizes that official Mint rolls containing 2 euro coins that are listed in the table were not produced in the work places of the Royal Mint of Belgium. Therefore, the KMB cannot confirm that these coin rolls contain 25 similar commemorative coins.

  • Where can I find more information about the hallmarking legislation for works in precious metals?
    Should you have any questions about the hallmarking legislation for works in precious metals, please read our specific FAQs about the hallmarking legislation.
  • What is de best way to get in touch with the Royal Mint of Belgium?

    The best way to get in touch with the Royal Mint of Belgium is to write an e-mail to klantenmunt.clientsmonnaie@minfin.fed.be . If necessary, you can also call the Royal Mint of Belgium at the following number: 02 572 57 57.

    For issues dealt with by the Assay Office (analysis of precious metals, stamp marks, registration of traders and manufacturers in the precious metals sector), please send an e-mail to waarborgkantoor.officedegarantie@minfin.fed.be

    If necessary, you can call the Assay Office at the following number: 02 572 57 57.