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Royal Mint of Belgium

Logo Koninklijke Munt van BelgiëThe 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 commercialisation has been awarded to the Royal Dutch Mint until 31/12/2025. The Belgian king remains the issuing authority.

The task of managing the Assay Office of precious metals is entrusted to the RMB. This includes keeping track of the registrations in the Assay Office Register and approving stamp marks.
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GIOVANNI VAN DE VELDE IS THE NEW MINT MASTER

Following the retirement of Ingrid Van Herzele, a new Mint Master has been appointed as from August 1st 2022. Their name? Giovanni Van de Velde.

For the past five years, he has been the assistant to the Mint Master and has been responsible for coordinating the Royal Mint of Belgium's sets of specifications and contacts with our stakeholders.

The title of Mint Master also comes with a privy mark.  "A flower has been put in the foreground of my privy mark, Giovanni Van de Velde says. Not just any flower, but an aster. Since 2021, my son Aster has been at the centre of my life. Aster Van de Velde, a flower in the meadow. Behind the aster is an Erlenmeyer flask, a symbol of chemistry, which shows the importance of science in our society today."

The new privy mark will appear on Belgium's new euro coins as from 2023.

 Issuances of official assortment 2022 by the royal mint of belgium

The issuances of the official assortment by the Royal Mint of Belgium and available on www.piecescommemoratives.be in 2022 are known.

The reverse side of silver and gold coins will bear the portrait of King Philippe. The other collector coins will retain the traditional reverse side.

The Royal Mint of Belgium has unveiled the themes of its commemorative €2 coins for the year 2022

The Royal Mint of Belgium (RMB) has unveiled the themes of the two commemorative €2 coins that will be minted in 2022.

One of the two coins will be issued in honour of the healthcare personnel who showed exceptional commitment during the coronavirus crisis. The other coin will be issued to mark the 35th anniversary of the student exchange programme "Erasmus".

More detailed information about the issue of the two coins will be communicated in the upcoming weeks.

NEW CONTRACTS FOR THE PRODUCTION AND DESTRUCTION OF CIRCULATION COINS

Since 2018, the Royal Mint of Belgium (RMB) has outsourced the production and destruction of circulation coins, and the exploitation of commemorative and collectible coins and medals. This threefold contract was then awarded to the Royal Dutch Mint. Due to the expiring contract, the RMB started looking for new partners for these assignments.

Today we can officially announce that the contract for the production of circulation coins for the next 4 years (2022-2025) has been awarded to the Royal Dutch Mint. Through the award of a concession, the destruction of coins for the period 2022-2025 has been assigned to 'Monea Coin Technology' from Slovakia.

The exploitation of commemorative and collectible coins and medals was assigned to the Royal Dutch Mint after the signing of a licence agreement until 31/12/2025.

New: gold and silver analyses

Since April 2021, you can contact the Assay Office of the Royal Mint of Belgium for gold and silver analyses.

For more information and specific procedure, please contact us via waarborgkantoor.officedegarantie@minfin.fed.be or on 02 572 57 57.

CAUTION: MISLEADING INFORMATION about BELGIAN COINS

Through websites or other channels, medals and collector coins are offered for sale that are not official Belgian issues. Some of the texts on those websites and others often contain misleading information from which you could wrongly deduce that they are official Belgian commemorative or collector coins or medals.

All official Belgian coins bear the mintmaster's mark of Mintdirector Ingrid Van Herzele.

We would therefore like to emphasize that coins that do not bear this mintdirector's mark are not official Belgian coins.

ONLINE INVENTORY RMB

The inventory of the Royal Mint of Belgium can now be consulted online via the State Archives.
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Issuances of official assortment by the Royal Mint of Belgium

Discover here the issuances of the official assortment

 You will find here more information about the timing, coin issues and how to purchase them.

Muntinfo

Muntinfo is the numismatic magazine with issuances of the Royal Mint of Belgium.

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Frequently asked questions about the Royal Mint of Belgium

  • FAQ 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.
  • Where and how can I buy commemorative coins?

    In 2018 the public procurement contract for the minting and exploitation rights of coins was awarded to the Royal Dutch Mint. In 2022, they have been awarded this contract for an additional four-year period. This means that it is the Royal Dutch Mint that will produce the circulation coins and commemorative coins for Belgium, by order and under the supervision of the Royal Mint of Belgium (RMB). However, designer Iris Bruijns (of the Royal Mint of Belgium) will continue to create the design of the commemorative coins. 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)?

    When our country issues 2 euro commemorative coins, it may be decided to put part of them into circulation. In that case, these coins will be put into circulation together with the regular 2 euro circulation coins, in the same way as applies to all circulation coins and thus depending on the need for the coins at that time. In this way, we hope to distribute these 2 euro coins in our country in a wide and proportional range.

    However, the 2 euro commemorative coins will also always be offered for sale on our commercial website. Compared to the 2 euro coins put into circulation, these coins feature an enhanced 'FDC or Proof' quality and can also be purchased in customised packaging (coincard or case). These coins are also 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 euro coins at a price above their face value. 

    Since 2018, Belgian commemorative coins have been commercialized by the Royal Dutch Mint, which was awarded the public procurement contract for coin mintage and exploitation rights. This means that they produce circulation coins and commemorative coins for Belgium, by order and under the supervision of the Royal Mint of Belgium, and 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, RMB will continue to be in charge of the theme and designs, which are created by designer Iris Bruijns.

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

    The Royal Mint of Belgium (RMB) regularly hears from coin collectors or other members of the public that they have come across coins packed in official rolls, whereas the coins have not been produced in official Belgian rolls. These coin rolls are often put up for sale at prices far above their face value.

     The following table (PDF, 2.11 MB) shows all 2 euro coins issued by the RMB for which no coin rolls have been produced.

    If you should come across rolls containing coins shown in the table below, the RMB emphasizes that these coins have not been packed on its premises. In that case, the RMB will not be able to confirm that the coin rolls contain 25 similar commemorative coins.

  • Contact

    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.

    ASSAY OFFICE

    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.

    Royal Dutch Mint