Belgium 2 Euro Coins

Belgium 2 Euro Coins

This is the page dedicated to 2 Euro Coins Belgium where you will find all the quotations of Belgian commemorative coins and all the images to recognize them.

Belgium is one of those European countries that has minted its circulating Euro coins using the same subject, the portrait of King Albert II (Euro Belgium). Let’s say it was a bit monothematic and for the 0.1 0.2 0.5 0.20 0.50 1 and 2 Euro coins the monarchy prevailed!

However, when it comes to Commemoratives, it has paid tribute, remembered or commemorated various fields, from Art to Culture, History, Politics, Astronomy, Sport, Hope and Nature.

The commemoratives are many, starting from 2005 and arriving today, their value is for all of them higher than the nominal value of 2 euro, some have some peculiarities or minting errors that have led them to become more sought after and collected, increasing even more the value.

We will see all the values later and also the table with the number of coins minted and the value divided by years.

Belgium 2 Euro Coins
Belgium 2 Euro Commemorative Coins

All Belgian Euro commemorative coins have a knurled edge engraved with: 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ ★

Let us now look at all the individual coins in this European collection.


Belgium 2 Euro 2005 – Economic Union

Belgium 2 Euro 2005 - Economic Union
Belgium 2 Euro Coins 2005 – Economic Union

Let’s start with the first Belgian 2-euro commemorative coin which was minted in 2005 and dedicated to the Economic Union of Belgium and Luxembourg. Coin dated 25/05/2005.

The obverse of the coin features the left-facing profiles of King Albert II of Belgium, in the foreground, and Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, behind. Below the centre is the minting year 2005, while the engraver’s initials Luc Luycx are under the neck of the King of Belgium to the right.

The outer ring, made of nickel and copper, bears six stars in a semicircle in the upper part and six in the lower part. In the central part on the right is the monogram of King Albert II, the crowned A, and on the left that of Henri, the H with crown. Also in the lower part are on the left the symbol of the Brussels Mint, the cross with the Archangel Gabriel, and on the right the symbol of the Director of the Mint itself, namely the Romain Coenen Libra.

On the reverse side, it bears the common face with the 2 euro face value and the map of Europe. This side is the same for all commemoratives.

Author: Luc Luycx

Value of Belgian 2 Euro 2005 Commemorative Coin – Economic Union

  • The 2-euro bimetallic coin minted in 2005 in Belgium and dedicated to the Economic Union has a value of €3.50.

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Belgium 2 Euro 2006 – Atomium

  Belgium 2 Euro 2006 - Atomium
2 Euro Commemorativi Belgio 2006 Atomium

In 2006, a 2-euro commemorative coin was issued dedicated to the Atomium, the Atom Monument located in Heysel Park in Brussels. Issued on 10/04/2006.

On the obverse, in the nickel and brass case, the photographic representation of the Atomium monument with its nine unit cell atoms and on the right the signature of the engraver Luc Luycx (LL).

To the right below there is the symbol of Mint Director Romain Coenen, the scales, and to the left the mark of the Brussels Mint, the Archangel Gabriel with the cross.
The minting date is in the outer circle of the coin, in the lower centre. Part of the design of the monument is also embossed on the copper and nickel ring, and the 12 stars arranged in a circle like the European logo.

The reverse side, on the other hand, features a common face like the other two-euro coins, showing the face value and the map of Europe in use in 2006.

Author: Luc Luycx

History and Curiosities:

Atomium 1858 di André Waterkeyn EXPO 1858 Bruxelles
Atomium 1858 di André Waterkeyn EXPO 1858 Bruxelles

The 102-metre-high monument was made of steel for the 1958 Universal Exhibition (EXPO 1958) and designed by André Waterkeyn. The spheres, each 18 metres in diameter, are panoramic and connected by escalators. Almost all of them can be visited, except for the three highest ones, which are closed to the public for security reasons.

The Antorium monument was originally intended to be an installation that lasted only six months, but fortunately it became permanent and today, after more than 60 years, we can still admire it. With its 2,400 tonnes of steel, it immediately became a symbol of Brussels.

Value of Belgian 2 Euro 2006 Commemorative Coin – Atomium

  • This is the value of the 2 Euro Belgian Commemorative coin, minted in 2006 and dedicated to the Atomium: €5

Belgium 2 Euro 2007 – PACTVM ROMANVM

Belgium 2 Euro 2007  - PACTVM ROMANVM
Belgium 2 Euro 2007 – PACTVM ROMANVM

Let’s move on to 2007 and the commemorative coin common to all European countries, the 50th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome. The coin was minted on 25 March 2007, the very day on which the Treaties were signed in Rome in 1958.

On the obverse of the 2 euro commemorative coin in the Belgian version of the Treaties of Rome, we find in the background the geometry of the paving designed by Michelangelo for Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome itself.

In the foreground, the Treaty book with the signatures. Just above the book and inside the geometry is the inscription EUROPA, at the top of the coin in a semicircle and on two lines the inscription PACTUM ROMANUM / QUINQUAGENARIUM.

Also in a semicircle but at the bottom BELGIQUE-BELGIE-BELGIEN with the year 2007 above, separating the symbols of the Mint Director Romain Coenen on the left (The Scales) and that of the Mint on the right (The Archangel Gabriel with the Cross).Tutt’intorno, una dietro l’altra, si ripetono le 12 stelle a cinque punte in rappresentanza degli Stati Europei.

The reverse side of the coin is the Verso, the new Common Face where the new version of the map of European countries is used, which sees all the countries of Europe united without any border signs between them.

Value of Belgian 2 Euro 2007 Commemorative Coin – PACTVM ROMANVM

  • The 2 Euro Commemorative Bimetallic of Belgium minted in 2007 for the 50th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome is €3.

Belgium 2 Euro 2008 – Human Rights

  Belgium 2 Euro 2008 - Human Rights
Belgium 2 Euro 2008 – Human Rights

In 2008, a commemorative coin dedicated to Human Rights was minted in Belgium to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights. Issued on 1 June 2008.

The obverse of this 2 euro Belgium coin features a rectangle placed vertically with a sphere engraved on the top and the number 60 on the bottom, the rectangle is wrapped in an ornamental ribbon that crosses forming wavy lines. Above this graphic representation is the year 2008, while below, on four lines, the words UNIVERSAL / DECLARATION / OF / HUMAN RIGHTS.

To the left is the symbol of the Belgian Mint, the Archangel Gabriel with a cross, followed by the lower arch inscription BELGIQUE-BELGIE-BELGIEN and finally the symbol of the Mint Director, Romain Coenen, i.e. a scale.

The 12 European stars are engraved all around on the nickel and copper part of the coin.

On the reverse side there is a common face, or value side, with the 2 euro value engraved on it.

Author: Luc Luycx

Value of Belgian 2 Euro 2008 Commemorative Coin – Human Rights

  • The value of this 2 Euro bimetallic coin from Belgium minted in 2008 and dedicated to Human Rights is €3.

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Belgium 2 Euro 2009 – Economic Monetary Union EMU

Belgium 2 Euro 2009 - Economic Monetary Union EMU
Belgium 2 Euro 2009 – Economic Monetary Union EMU

In 2009, a commemorative coin celebrating the first 10 years of the European Union (EMU) was minted in European countries. Commemorative coin issued on 27.09.2009.

On the Obverse, the stylisation of a man merging with the Euro symbol, a stylisation reminiscent of a primitive drawing, the author’s signature is at the bottom below the € (Georgios Stamatopoulos ΓΣ). Above the € is the inscription BELGIQUE – BELGIE – BELGIEN, while below EMU 1999-2009, to the right the Archangel Gabriel with the cross, symbol of the Belgian Mint, and to the left that of Romain Coenen, the Mint Director, the scales.

Surrounding the coin, as usual, are the 12 five-pointed stars representing the European states.

The value side, or reverse side, shows the common side, which is the same as all other 2-euro coins.

Author: Georgios Stamatopoulos

Value of Belgian 2 Euro 2009 Commemorative Coin – EMU

  • The value of the 2009 Belgian 2 Euro Commemorative Coin dedicated to the EMU is approximately €3.

Belgium 2 Euro 2009 – Louis Braille

Belgium 2 Euro 2009 - Louis Braille
Belgium 2 Euro 2009 – Louis Braille

Another 2009 coin, this time dedicated to a character who literally changed the lives of blind people, Louis Braille the inventor of the Braille Code. Issued on 25/09/2009 to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth.

The obverse of the 2-euro coin depicts a portrait of Louis Braille with his eyes closed in 19th-century French clothing. Above the portrait his name LOUIS BRAILLE and below the date of birth and minting date 1809 2009 separated by the Belgian initials BE. On either side of the dates, on the right the feather, the symbol of the new Belgian Mint Director Serge Lesens, and on the left the Archangel Gabriel with the cross above.

To the right and left of the semi-bust are the typical relief spheres of the codex he invented. Around the centre of the coin is the copper and nickel ring with the stars symbolising Europe above it.

The obverse features the common face with the value side as for all other 2-euro coins.

History and curiosities:

Louis Braille was born in Coupvray on 4 January 1809 and died of tuberculosis in Paris on 6 January 1852. He was the well-known inventor of the Braille Code, an alphabet used for writing for the blind.

At the age of three, Louis lost the use of his left eye in an accident in his father’s workshop and, due to the extensive infection, soon lost the use of his right eye as well, making him blind.

In 1827 he became a teacher at the Institution des Jeunes Aveugles in Paris, the institute where he grew up. But let’s take a step back and see that in 1821, inspired by a military method using a code of raised dots, he invented the well-known Braille code, which revolutionised reading and writing for the blind, an alphabet still in use today.

He also extended the method to both mathematics and his beloved music.

Value of Belgian 2 Euro 2009 Commemorative Coin – Louis Braille

  • Here is the value of the two Belgian commemorative Euros minted in 2009 and dedicated to Louis Braille: it has a value of approximately €3.

Belgium 2 Euro 2010 – Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU 2010

Belgium 2 Euro 2010 - Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU 2010
Belgium 2 Euro 2010 – Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU 2010

Here we are at another Belgian 2 Euro commemorative coin minted in 2010 for the Presidency of the European Union. Issued on 10/06/2010.

On the obverse side, in the centre of the bimetallic, within the outline of a circle, the two initials eu of the European Union are engraved in cursive font with the word trio.be above the u, below the mint mark with the Archangel Gabriel plus cross and the feather, the mark of Director Serge Lesens.

Around the upper half of the coin, BELGIAN PRESIDENCY OF THE COUNCIL OF THE EU 2010 is inscribed in capital letters, while BELGIE BELGIQUE BELGIEN is inscribed in the lower half.The circle formed by the 12 stars on the outside of the bimetallic is the symbol of Europe.

On the reverse side, however, we find the value side, also known as the common side, which is the same for all 2-euro coins.

Value of Belgian 2 Euro 2010 Commemorative Coin – Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU 2010

  • How much is the Belgian 2 Euro commemorative coin minted in 2010 for the Belgian EU Presidency worth? Worth €3

Belgium 2 Euro 2011 – Women’s Day

Belgium 2 Euro 2011 - Women's Day
2 Euro Commemorative Belgium 2011 Women’s Day

In 2011, the commemorative bimetallic coin for the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Day was minted. Issued on 3 May 2011.

On the obverse there are two portraits, on the right Marie Popelin, the first Belgian lawyer, and on the left Isala Van Diest, the first woman doctor in Belgium. The two portraits are placed above the female symbol and at the top of the female figures are the two symbols of their professions, namely the caduceus on the left and the scales on the right.

At the top of the commemorative is, starting from the left, the feather, the symbol of Serge Lesens, Director of the Mint, followed by the initials of the Belgian state BE and, finally, the Mint’s own mark, namely the Archangel Gabriel with a cross above it.

The lower part of the coin bears the name I.VAN DIEST followed by the year 2011 and the name M.POPELIN.

The outer ring around the centre of the coin depicts the 12 stars symbolising the EU.

On the reverse side we find the Common Face with its 2 euro value side.

Value of Belgian 2 Euro 2011 Commemorative Coin – Women’s Day

  • The value of the Belgian 2 Euro commemorative coin minted in 2017 for Women’s Day is €3.

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Belgium 2 Euro 2012 – EURO 2002 – 2012

 Belgium 2 Euro 2012 - EURO 2002 - 2012
Belgium 2 Euro 2012 – EURO 2002 – 2012

In 2012, for the 10 Years of the EURO, banknotes and coins, a commemorative is issued for all countries of the Euro Zone. Commemorative issued in Belgium on 30/01/2012.

On the obverse, the same depiction as in the other countries, but with Belgium’s initials BE engraved at the top, flanked by the feather of Mint Director Serge Lesens and the Mint’s own mark, the depiction of the cross above the Archangel Gabriel.

At the centre of the nickel-brass coin is the € symbol that turns into a globe, and around it are a series of symbolic representations of the importance of the euro for people, industry, energy and trade. Below in a semicircle are the dates 2002 2012.

The ring around the nickel and copper part houses the 12 stars arranged in a circle, the symbol of Europe.

As for the reverse, it features the common face of the 2-euro coins with their value side.

Author: Helmut Andexlinger

Value of Belgian 2 Euro 2012 Commemorative Coin – EURO

  • Here is the value of the 2 Euro commemorative coin, Belgium 2012 and dedicated to the EURO for its 10th anniversary, it has a value of €3

Belgium 2 Euro 2012 – Queen Elisabeth

Belgium 2 Euro 2012 - Queen Elisabeth
Belgium 2 Euro 2012 – Queen Elisabeth

Another Belgian commemorative 2-euro coin issued in 2012 is dedicated to Queen Elisabeth and the Belgian Music Competition. The coin was issued on 6 May 2012 to mark the 75th anniversary of the first edition in 1937.

The obverse depicts the profile of Queen Elisabeth facing to the left, with the logo of the Musical Competition superimposed above, i.e. two E’s side by side and mirrored above the Crown. Above the Queen’s silhouette are engraved the dates 1937 – 2012 and on the right the Belgian initials BE.

In a semicircle, in the centre and lower part of the coin, starting from the left, the feather symbol of Mint Director Serge Lesens, the inscription QUEEN ELISABETH COMPETITION, followed by the logo of the Belgian Mint, the head of the Archangel Gabriel with the cross above it.

In the circle around the coin, the copper and nickel part, are the classic 12 five-pointed stars representing the European states.

As for the Common Face, it is on the reverse side of the Bimetallic, and shows the face value of the two euros.

Author: Luc Luycx

History and curiosities:

The Queen Elisabeth Music Competition is an international competition for musicians that was established in 1937 for the Violin but soon became also for Piano, Cello, Singing and Composers. It is held in Brussels and is considered one of the most prestigious competitions for musicians at international level.

Born from an idea of the violinist Eugène Ysaÿe, who died before his idea became reality, in 1937 Queen Elizabeth organised the competition in honour of the deceased musician. In fact, the first two editions were called “Concours musical international Eugène Ysaÿe”. When the competition resumed in 1951, it was renamed the Concours musical international Reine Élisabeth.

The entire competition, including the first two editions, was broadcast on Belgian radio and from the 1960s onwards also on television.

Value of Belgian 2 Euro 2012 Commemorative Coin – Queen Elisabeth

  • The Belgian commemorative 2-euro coin minted in 2012 for the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition has a value of €3.

Belgium 2 Euro 2013 – Royal Meteorological Institute

Belgium 2 Euro 2013 - Royal Meteorological Institute
Belgium 2 Euro 2013 – Royal Meteorological Institute

Here is the coin of 2013 and realized for the 100th Anniversary of the birth of the Royal Meteorological Institute. Bimetallic issued on 18/09/2013

On the obverse side, the number 100 appears in three different fonts and sizes, with the second zero becoming a stylised sun, inside the first zero are inscribed the initials KMI and IRM on two lines. KMI stands for Königliches Meteorologisches Institut and IRM for Institut Royal Météorologique. In the background on the left the isobaric weather lines, below the stylisation of rain and snow.

Between the rays of the sun below the Belgian initials BE and below the 1 symbols of the Mint and the new Director, the Archangel Gabriel for the Mint and the Cat for Bernard Gillard. In the top centre is the minting year 2013, and all around it the twelve stars that form Europe’s identifying logo.

As for the Common Face, this is on the reverse side of the coin, and is the same as all 2-euro bimetallic coins engraved with the face value.

Author: Peter Denayer

Value of Belgian 2 Euro 2013 Commemorative Coin – Royal Meteorological Institute

  • What is the value of the Belgian commemorative 2-euro coin minted in 2013 and dedicated to the Royal Meteorological Institute? It has a value of €3.50

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Belgium 2 Euro 2014 – Great War Centenary 2014-18

Belgium 2 Euro 2014 - Great War Centenary 2014-18
Belgium 2 Euro 2014 – Great War Centenary 2014-18

This brings us to 2014 with the commemorative coin commemorating 100 years since the start of World War I, which lasted until 1918. Commemorative issued on 12/05/2014.

On the obverse of these 2 euro commemorative coins is the date 2014-18 with the inscription The Great War Centenary below it, and above it on the right the symbol of the war dead, a poppy flower. To the upper right is the inscription BELGIE BELGIQUE BELGIEN in a semicircle, and below that the symbols of the Cat and the Archangel Gabriel with the cross above it, the emblem of Mint Director Bernard Gillard and the Brussels Mint.

The outer crown of the bimetallic made of nickel and copper is engraved with the 12 stars placed in a circle as in the Europe logo.

On the obverse, the coin features the face value, the Common Face.

Value of Belgian 2 Euro 2014 Commemorative Coin- Great War Centenary 2014-18

The 2014 commemorative coin minted in Belgium for the 100th anniversary of the Great War of 1914/1918 has a value of €3.50.


Belgium 2 Euro 2014 – Croix 150 Rouge

Belgium 2 Euro 2014 - Croix 150 Rouge
Belgium 2 Euro 2014 – Croix 150 Rouge

Also in 2014, a commemorative bimetallic coin was issued in Belgium to mark the 150th anniversary of the Belgian Red Cross. Issued on 18/09/2014.

The obverse of this 2-euro Belgium coin shows the Cross symbol of the Red Cross, with the figure 150 in the centre, at 9 o’clock the words CROIX at 3 o’clock ROUGE, at 12 o’clock vertically RODE and finally at 6 o’clock, again vertically, KRUIS. To the upper left is the cat of Belgian Mint Director Bernard Gillard, to the upper right the Archangel Gabriel as the Mint symbol. To the lower left is Belgium’s identification symbol BE, and finally to the right, also below, the year 2014.

Around it the circle of stars symbolising Europe.

The obverse, or value side, is nothing more than the common face of all 2-euro coins.

Special features:

Two other versions of this coin exist, due to a minting error.

When the coin was minted, a mistake was made so that around 2 % of the coins have a different edge from the one used for Belgian commemoratives (2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★).

In fact, by mistake, 1/3 of the coins were minted with the edge of the coins of the Dutch Mint of Utrecht: GOD ★ ZIJ ★ MET ★ ONS ★ ( God be with us ), and the remaining 2/3 with the edge of the Italian Mint of Rome: 2 ★ 2 ★ 2 ★ 2 ★ 2 ★.

This is why the coin immediately acquired a higher value than previous commemorative coins.

Value of Belgian 2 Euro 2014 Commemorative Coin – Croix 150 Rouge

  • The 2014 commemorative coin minted in Belgium to mark the 150th anniversary of the Belgian Red Cross (2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★) has a value of €13.
  • Those minted with the Italian edge (2 ★ 2 ★ 2 ★ 2 ★ 2 ★ 2 ★ 2 ★) are worth €16.
  • The commemorative coin for the 150th anniversary of the Belgian Red Cross, variant with Dutch border ( GOD ★ ZIJ ★ MET ★ ONS ★ ), has a value of €16.

Belgium 2 Euro 2015 – Year for Development

Belgium 2 Euro 2015 - Year for Development
Belgium 2 Euro 2015 – Year for Development

And here we are in 2015 and the commemorative coin inspired by the European Year for European Development. Coin minted on 17/09/2015.

We see the obverse with a female hand holding the globe in the centre and, in the foreground, a map. Surrounding the stylisation of the globe is the inscription 2015 EUROPEAN YEAR FOR DEVELOPMENT, below the hand the two letters identifying the Belgian state BE, and to the left the cat, emblem of Belgian Mint Director Bernard Gillard and the Archangel Gabriel’s Cross as the emblem of the Mint itself.

The outer ring of the bimetallic features the twelve 5-pointed stars arranged in a circle as in the Europe logo.

The reverso, as usual, shows the common face with the value side.

Author: Luc Luycx

Value of Belgian 2 Euro 2015 Commemorative Coin – Year for Development

  • The 2 Euro commemorative coins minted in Belgium in 2015 and dedicated to the Year for European Development have a value of around €10.

Belgium 2 Euro 2015 – European flag

Belgium 2 Euro 2015 - European flag
Belgium 2 Euro 2015 – European flag

Also in 2015, a commemorative coin dedicated to the European Flag was minted throughout Europe. It is one of those commemorative coins that are the same for all Eurozone countries, where only the initials of the issuing country and the language change. Issued on 19/11/2015 to commemorate 30 Years of the European Flag.

Let’s analyse the obverse: There are twelve stylised figures between a man and a star all around the European Flag where the logo of Europe is printed with the 12 stars in a circle. This logo is also repeated on the outer ring of the coin, the nickel and copper part.

Around the flag in the upper part is engraved the inscription BELGIE-BELGIQUE-BELGIEN. On the right the symbols of the Brussels Mint, the Archangel Gabriel with the Cross above for the Mint and the Cat for Director Bernard Gillard . The signature of the author is under the arm of the star on the right (Georgios Stamatopoulos).

Reverse: Value side of the coin with the face value of the 2 euro, also known as the common side of the 2-euro bimetallic.

Value of Belgian 2 Euro 2015 Commemorative Coin – European flag

  • The 2015 commemorative bimetallic, celebrating 30 Years of the European Flag, issued in Belgium has a value of about €4.

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Belgium 2 Euro 2016 – Olympic Games Team Belgium

Belgium 2 Euro 2016 - Olympic Games Team Belgium
Belgium 2 Euro 2016 – Olympic Games Team Belgium

A commemorative coin is minted in Belgium in 2016 for its participation in the XXXI Olympic Games to be held that year in August in Rio Janeiro. Issued on 23/03/2016.

The central part of the obverse depicts the five intersecting circles, the symbol of the Olympic Games, and above it a stylised figure with jubilant arms. Underneath is the semi-circle TEAM BELGIUM, vertically to the left the year of mintage 2016 and finally to the right, on three lines, the mint mark, the head of the Archangel Gabriel with the cross, the initials of Belgium BE and the symbol of the Mint Director Bernard Gillard the cat.

Surrounding it is the Europe logo, the 12 five-pointed stars arranged in a circle above the outer ring of the coin.

The reverse is the Common Face with its face value of €2.

Value of Belgian 2 Euro 2016 Commemorative Coin – Olympic Games Team Belgium

  • 2016 Belgian coin dedicated to participation in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro is worth €10 today

Belgium 2 Euro 2016 – Missing Disparu Vermist

Belgium 2 Euro 2016 - Missing Disparu Vermist
Belgium 2 Euro 2016 – Missing Disparu Vermist

Also in 2016, a commemorative coin is dedicated to Missing Children, on the occasion of the Child Focus foundation, which works to raise awareness of the issue of missing or abused children. The coin is issued on 25/05/2016, which coincides with International Missing Children’s Day.

On the Obverse, the detailed face of a Child (Liam Vanden Branden), at the top the inscription in a semicircle BELGIE-BELGIQUE-BELGIEN with on either side the symbols of the Brussels Mint, the Archangel Gabriel on the left and the cat, symbol of Director Bernard Gillard, on the right.

On the lower left-hand side is the wording along the border MISSING-DISPARU-VERMIST, on the right-hand side the website dedicated to missing children WWW.CHILDFOCUS.BE.

The nickel and copper outer ring bears the symbol of Europe, the twelve five-pointed stars arranged in a circle.

In the value side, or reverse, the common side of the coin, as for all 2-euro commemoratives.

History and Curiosities:

2 Euro Commemorativi Belgio 2016 Liam Vanden Branden
2 Euro Commemorative Belgium 2016 Liam Vanden Branden

25 May is International Missing Children’s Day, because on the same date in 1979, a six-year-old boy, Etan Patz, disappeared into thin air in New York. His face was the first to be portrayed on milk cartons and became a symbol in the 1980s.

In 2016, for the first time in the world, Brussels decided to depict the face of a missing child on a coin. It was the face of Liam Vanden Branden, who disappeared from his grandmother’s house in Malines, Belgium, on 3 May 1996 when he was just two years old. For this reason, Child Focus proposed the Coin of Hope, later minted by the Belgian Bank. Liam Vanden Branden’s face has become the symbol of all European children who have disappeared into thin air.

The coin is a medium that spins, passes from hand to hand and reaches far, far away… like the message of hope it sends. Over 1 million messages were launched/conceded with this 2016 coin.

Value of Belgian 2 Euro 2016 Commemorative Coin – Missing Disparu Vermist

  • 2016 Belgium Commemorative Missing Children, value €5.50

Belgium 2 Euro 2017 – 200 Years University of Liege

Belgium 2 Euro 2017 - 200 Years University of Liege
Belgium 2 Euro 2017 – 200 Years University of Liege

In 2017, the commemorative dedicated to the University of Liège, for its 200th anniversary, is issued. Issued on 21/04/2017.

Obverse: The Coat of Arms of the University of Liège is depicted, with the date 1817, the date of its foundation, on the left, and 2017, the date of issue of the coin, on the right.

Around the coin the inscription 200 ANS UNIVERSITE DE LIEGI – 200 YEARS UNIVERSITY OF LIEGI, below the centre the Belgian letters BE, on the left the symbol of the new Mint Director Ingrid van Herzele and on the right the symbol of the Brussels Mint, the Archangel Gabriel with the cross above.

The reverse side: the opposite side of the 2-euro nominal value coin, also known as the common side.

Author: Luc Luycx

Value of Belgian 2 Euro 2017 Commemorative Coin – 200 Years University of Liege

  • 2-euro commemorative minted in Belgium in 2017 for the 200th anniversary of the University of Liège, its value to date is around €10

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Belgium 2 Euro 2017 – 200 Years Ghent University

Belgium 2 Euro 2017 - 200 Years Ghent University
Belgium 2 Euro 2017 – 200 Years Ghent University

2017 also honours another Belgian university, in this case with the 200th anniversary commemorative of Ghent University, this coin was issued on 29/09/2017.

The obverse features the logo of the prestigious Ghent University with the dates 1871 – 2017 underneath.

All around it the inscription in a circle 200 JAAR UNIVERSITEIT GENT – 200 YEARS GHENT UNIVERSITY.

At the bottom centre is the initials of Belgium BE, to its left the coat of arms of the municipality of Herzele, the mark of Mint Director Ingrid van Herzele, and to its right the coat of arms of the Brussels Mint (Head of the Archangel Gabriel with a cross on top).Above the nickel and copper part, the outer ring of the bimetallic, are distributed along the circle the 5-pointed stars, as in the symbol of Europe.

In the reverse there is a map of the European countries and the face value of the 2 euro coin.

Value of Belgian 2 Euro 2017 Commemorative Coin – 200 Years Ghent University

  • The 2017 Belgian two-euro commemorative coin for the 200th anniversary of Ghent University is worth around €10.

Belgium 2 Euro 2018 – Student Revolt Mei Mai 1968

Belgium 2 Euro 2018 - Student Revolt Mei Mai 1968
Belgium 2 Euro 2018 – Student Revolt Mei Mai 1968

In 2018, the theme of Universities is also reflected to some extent in the commemorative coin commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Student Uprising, which started in Belgian universities on 13 May 1968. Issue of 14/05/2018.

The obverse depicts two protesting university students raising a flag and a sheet of protest and satire. In the background is the facade with the columns as a university symbol. At the top of the coin are the words mei and mai one above the other with the date 1968 beside them.

On the left are the minting year 2018, the initials of Belgium BE and the sign of the Utrecht Mint, the caduceus, and the symbol of Mint Director Ingrid van Herzele (The municipal coat of arms of Herzele). Around it are the stars as in the European Union logo.

On the reverse side there is the Common Face with the usual 2 euro face value.

Author: Luc Luycx

Value of Belgian 2 Euro 2018 Commemorative Coin – Student Revolt Mei Mai 1968

  • The 2018 Belgian 2-euro commemorative coin for the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Student Uprising is worth around €10.

Belgium 2 Euro 2018 – Satellite ESRO-2B

Belgium 2 Euro 2018 - Satellite ESRO-2B
Belgium 2 Euro 2018 – Satellite ESRO-2B

Also in 2018 is the bimetallic dedicated to a satellite, namely the ESRO-2B Satellite 50 years after its launch. 20/09/2018.

Let us examine the obverse of this 2 euro Belgium coin and see that in the foreground on the left is the ESRO-2B Satellite in orbit circling the earth. Earth is in the background on the right. Below the satellite is the inscription IRIS which stands for International Radiation Investigation Satellite. Above in a semicircle the initials of the ESRO-2B satellite with the dates on two lines below 1968 and 2018.

Below the centre is the initials of Belgium BE, to its right the sign of the Utrecht Mint (the caduceus) and to its left Mint Director Ingrid van Herzele’s coat of arms. To the right, below the globe, is the signature of the author Luc Luycx (LL).

The outer ring of the coin contains stars arranged in a circle representing the European Union.

Now the reverse, which is the common side of the coins, in this case the side with the value of the 2 euro.

Author: Luc Luycx

Value of Belgian 2 Euro 2018 Commemorative Coin – Satellite ESRO-2B

  • This commemorative 2-euro coin of Belgium minted in 2018 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the ESRO-2B Satellite Launch is worth €10.

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Belgium 2 Euro 2019 – Pieter Bruegel

Belgium 2 Euro 2019 - Pieter Bruegel
Belgium 2 Euro 2019 – Pieter Bruegel

In 2019, a commemorative is dedicated to one of the greatest Flemish Painters of the 1500s, Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Commemorative issued on 1/03/2019.

On the obverse side is the profile of Pieter Bruegel the Elder facing left, in the background to the left is an easel with one of his best known paintings, “The Tower of Babel”. In a semicircle at the top is his name P.BRUGEL and below, between the easel and the portrait, the year of his death and the year of issue of the coin 1569+ 2019.

To the left of the coin, on three lines, are the Herzele coat of arms, which is the symbol of Mint Director Ingrid van Herzele, the Belgian initials BE, and finally the symbol of the Utrecht Mint, a caduceus. Along the outer circle of the bimetallic are drawn the stars forming the circle, the logo of the European Union.

The reverse side is the opposite side of the coin with the 2-euro face value, the so-called Common Face, which is the same for all commemoratives.

History and curiosities:

Pieter Bruegel, The Tower of Babel  1563/65
Pieter Bruegel, The Tower of Babel 1563/65

The original work from which the portrait for the commemorative was taken has been attributed to Johannes Jan Wierix, an engraver, who made the engraving in 1572.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s work above the easel is the famous Tower of Babel, which he painted in two versions, both inspired by the Colosseum in Rome, which he visited on a trip to Italy in 1552.

This work is a figurative representation of the Tower of Babel, which in Genesis was the cause of the division of languages among mankind. Misunderstandings between the peoples were the cause of the confusion generated at the top of the tower.

Both versions of his Tower of Babel are exhibited in Vienna, Austria.

Value of Belgian 2 Euro 2019 Commemorative Coin – Pieter Bruegel

  • This commemorative minted in Belgium in 2019 to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the death of Pieter Bruegel the Elder has a value of €10.

Belgium 2 Euro 2019 – European Monetary Institute IME

Belgium 2 Euro 2019 - European Monetary Institute IME
Belgium 2 Euro 2019 – European Monetary Institute IME

Another commemorative coin of 2019 is the one made for the 25th Anniversary of the European Monetary Institute EMI, a coin that is issued on 9/05/2019.

The coin’s obverse features the portrait of the first President to head the European Monetary Institute EMI, Alexandre Lamfalussy who we see on the right of the coin wearing glasses and a suit and tie, below him his name A.Lamfalussy and the initials of Belgium BE followed by the year 2019.

In front of him in the foreground and on the left of the coin a column of coins one on top of the other in a cascade each with an initials: € – ECU – BEF, a clear symbol of the monetary changeover from the Belgian franc to the euro. Above Lamfalussy’s shoulder are the engraver Luc Luycx’s initials.

To the left is the date 1994 with, below it, separated by a line, the words EMI and in a semi-circle at the top left the words European Monetary Institute. At the bottom of the coin, again on the left, are the two symbols representing the Mint, the symbol of Mint Director Ingrid van Herzele (Herzele’s coat of arms) and that of the Utrecht Mint, the caduceus.

Around the entire circumference of the coin are the twelve stars representing the countries of the European Union.

The obverse depicts the common face, with its value side showing the face value of the 2-euro coin.

Author: Luc Luycx

Value of Belgian 2 Euro 2019 Commemorative Coin – European Monetary Institute IME

  • I 2 commemorative euro minted in Belgium in 2019 for the 25 Years of the European Monetary Institute EMI worth 10€.

Belgium 2 Euro 2020 – Year of Plant Health

Belgium 2 Euro 2020 - Year of Plant Health
Belgium 2 Euro 2020 – Year of Plant Health

Here we are in 2020 and the coin commemorating the International Year of Plant Health. Issued on 5/03/2020

On the obverse side, in the central roundel are engraved 5 leaves arranged in a globe, which protect the world, above the globe is written in a semicircle INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF PLANT HEALTH, this is the official logo of the International Year of Plant Health 2020.

On the left is engraved the Herzele coat of arms, identifying the Mint Director Ingrid van Herzele, on the right the caduceus, symbol of the Utrecht Mint. Beneath the leaves the year 2020 below the date is engraved the Belgian identification symbol BE. As with the other commemorative coins, the 12 stars arranged in a circle, the logo of the European Union, appear on the copper and nickel outer part.

The Common Face on the reverse of the coin shows the face value of the 2-euro coin as on all commemorative coins.

Author: Luc Luycx

Value of Belgian 2 Euro 2020 Commemorative Coin – Year of Plant Health

  • The value of the 2 euro Belgium 2020 coin dedicated to plant health is 10€.

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Belgium 2 Euro 2020 – Jan van Eyck

Belgium 2 Euro 2020 - Jan van Eyck
Belgium 2 Euro 2020 coin – Jan van Eyck

The other coin planned for 2020 is one dedicated to the best-known Flemish artist of the 15th century, Jan van Eyck. Issued on 15/10/2020

On the obverse National Face is the Portrait of a Man with a Red Turban, a 1433 work by Jan van Eyck, considered by many to be a self-portrait. On the left is his faithful signature (taken from the Arnolfini painting) with an oil palette underneath.

At the top of this 2-euro Belgium coin, in a semi-circle, is the header J- van Eyck, to the right of the portrait the year 2020 and below, separated by a line, the Belgian initials BE.

The lower part, on the other hand, is engraved with the two Mint symbols, the Herzele coat of arms, the identification symbol for Mint Director Ingrid van Herzele, and the caduceus, which is the symbol of the Utrecht Mint. As with the others, the twelve stars are distributed in a circle in the outer ring of copper and nickel, as in the Europe logo.

The reverse is, as usual, the common side of the coin, which shows its face value.

History and curiosities:

Jan van Eyck Portrait of a Man with Red Turban and Mirror Mr and Mrs Arnolfini
Jan van Eyck Portrait of a Man with Red Turban and Mirror Mr and Mrs Arnolfini

The Portrait of a Man with a Red Turban, an oil painting on canvas measuring 25.5 x 19 cm from 1434 was painted by Jan van Eyck, the work is on display at the National Gallery in London.

Although this work is not confirmed, it is believed to be a self-portrait. This theory is supported by the fact that in a well-known painting by van Eyck, Portrait of Mr and Mrs Arnolfini, the reflection in the mirror behind the Lucca merchant Giovanni Arnolfini and his wife Costanza Trenta shows a man wearing a red turban, a figure attributed to the artist himself.

The same figure with the red turban can be seen in the reflection of St. George’s shield in another painting, Canon van der Paele’s Madonna of 1436.

These are the reasons that have led many art critics to support the hypothesis that this Portrait of a Man with a Red Turban is a self-portrait by the Flemish artist Jan van Eyck.

Value of Belgian 2 Euro 2020 Commemorative Coin – Jan van Eyck

  • The 2 Euro Commemorative Belgium 2020 dedicated to Jan Van Eyck is 10€.

Table with the Value of the 2 Euro Commemorative Belgium Coins

This is the table with all the values of the 2 euro commemorative coins, divided by years. All values refer to coins kept in Brilliant Uncirculated condition and may change according to the interest of Numismatists.

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Arguments related to Euro coins of Belgium

  • You can see the value, rarity and description of all Belgian divisional coins here: Euro Belgium Coins

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Autore dell'articolo

Marco Salvatori

I don't like to call myself a Numismatic but rather a passionate collector of italian lira, modern and even ancient coins. I love studying the history of our country through coins and each piece tells me its story.

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