The Royal Mint of Belgium have launched the set of Euro coins which bear the effigy of their new King who succeeded to the Belgian throne upon the abdication of his father King Albert II on the 17th July of last year.
The new portrait which will be used on circulation Euro coins depicts the King who normally wears glasses – without them and in a break with tradition where the Monarch faces to the left on coins – he is depicted facing to the right. His initials, “F P” representing his name in both Flemish and French (Filip – Philippe) are placed to the left of the portrait. The King, who approved the design – was present at the Royal Mint to see the first strikes of the new EURO on the 4th February and also started the minting presses which would produce Belgium’s new circulation coins. The portrait was designed by the Royal Mint’s chief artistic director Luc Luycx who is also the designer of the Eurozone’s common reverse side of all eight denominations.
All eight denominations, from the 2 Euro to the 1 cent are included in a new FDC set which also includes an official medal depicting both King Philippe and the new Queen Matilda facing to the left in conjoined profiles. The reverse of the medal includes both family crests of the King and Queen, that of the Saxe-Coburg dynasty – and the d’Udekem d’Acoz family of the Queen. Philippe and Matilda were married on the 4th December 1999 and have four children, the King’s heir is his eldest child, Princess Elisabeth.
A total of 83,000 sets are to be produced – For more information on this set and other coins offered by the Royal Mint of Belgium, please visit their website at: http://europemint.eu/documents/51.html Information is offered in Dutch, French and English – international orders dispatched.