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 commercialization of commemorative coins and medals has been awarded to the Royal Dutch Mint. The Belgian king remains the issuing authority.
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WANTED: DESIGN FOR A COMMON TWO-EURO COMMEMORATIVE COIN 2022

In 2022 a new two-euro commemorative coin with a common design will be issued in the entire euro area. The theme will be the 35th anniversary of the Erasmus programme, the well-known European project to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. The substantial budget allows participants to study, attend a training programme and gain experience abroad. Since the beginning of the programme in 1987, several millions of Europeans have taken part. More details about the programme can be found here

Each euro area country has the opportunity to submit several designs to the European Commission. A jury will examine all designs and draw up a shortlist of five projects. The final design will probably be chosen by means of an online voting poll among former participants to an Erasmus programme. 

We at the Royal Belgian Mint (RBM) attach great importance to this event and therefore we wish to submit a variety of designs. To this end we make an appeal to you.

Enclosed you will find detailed information, such as the conditions the design should meet, as well as a form to be filled out by the designer when submitting his or her creation.

All designs and completed forms should reach the RBM by 1 November 2020 and should be sent by e-mail to klantenmunt.clientsmonnaie@minfin.fed.be with the subject ‘Two-euro design Erasmus programme’. Please also give a short description of the designer and his or her vision in the mail. If you have any further questions, you can send them to the same e-mail address.

We are looking forward to all the creative projects coming our way!

Attachments European Commission

ONLINE INVENTORY RMB

The inventory of the Royal Mint of Belgium can now be consulted online via the State Archives.
Go to the online archive.

Issuances of official assortment by the Royal Mint of Belgium

Discover here the issuances of the official assortment 2020.

 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.

Last issues muntinfo (DUTCH).

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?

    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.

  • 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