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.

Official assortment issued by the Royal Mint of Belgium

2020

The first issues of the official assortment by the Royal Mint of Belgium in 2020, which are issued in BU and Proof quality, are known.

The themes for the 2 euro commemorative coins 2020 are:

  • painter Jan van Eyck
  • International Year of Plant Health 2020
    More information about this coin can be found via this link.

In due course, more information about the issuance program will be communicated on this website.

Remark: the official issuances ordered by the Royal Mint of Belgium bear the mark of the Mint Master, next to the mark of Utrecht’s 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 - Theme Belgian Fries Divers 500
February 20 euro Bruges - 20 years Historical city centre UNESCO World Heritage Silver 925 °/°°  2.500
March 2 euro BU International Year of Plant Health 2020 Bi-color 150.000
March 2 euro Proof International Year of Plant Health 2020 Bi-color 5.000
March 2,5 euro 100 years Olympic Games Antwerp 1920-2020 Brass 25.000 in relief et 25000 in color
March 5 euro 75 years Luke and Lucy Cuni 6.250 in relief et 6.250 in color
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 Divers 5.000
July 5 euro Team Belgium Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Cuni 6.250 in relief et 6.250 in color
August Set Fleur de Coin annual set 2020 - theme Antwerp Divers  15.000
September 10 euro 500th birthday Christoffel Plantijn Silver 925 °/°° 3.000
October 2 euro BU Jan van Eyck year 2020 Bi-color 150.000
October 2 euro (Proof) Jan van Eyck year 2020 Bi-color 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) Gold50 999 °/°° 1.000
November Set Proofset 2020 in cassette Divers 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: 02/5725757.

    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: 02/5725757.