The end of an era for Belgium’s Royal Mint

After 185 years of production, The Royal Mint of Belgium is set to close forever.

The Royal Mint of Belgium struck its first coins in 1832, just two years after the institution was founded, but the long standing mint will cease operations forever on January 1st 2018.

From the end of the 1990’s the Belgian Mint started producing euro coins ready for the switch from the Belgian Franc to the euro at the start of 2002. And the nation considers itself one of the pioneers with regards to the introduction of the euro as it was Belgian chief engraver Luc Luycks who  designed the obverse side of all euro coins.

Unfortunately the Federal Government feels it has become too expensive for the Royal Mint to carry on producing coins itself and has decided that a private company should produce Belgian euro coins. And with more and more people paying electronically there is less and less need for coins.

Instead, the task of striking coins is being outsourced to a private company in an effort to save money.

The Royal Belgium Mint caused a stir back in 2015 when they issued a €2.50 coin to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo after France forced it to scrap a €2 coin with the same purpose.Tweet

Paris objected to the Belgian coin, commemorating the French emperor’s defeat by British and Prussian forces, branding the commemoration of Waterloo as a “symbol that is negative” which would “undermine the unity of the Eurozone.”

Belgium was forced to get rid of about 180,000 €2 coins that had already been minted after Paris sent a letter saying they could cause an “unfavourable reaction in France”.

But Belgium managed to skirt the French protests by taking advantage of a European rule stating that Eurozone countries are permitted to approve their own coins without approval of other member states, providing the new denomination as an irregular one. In this case the irregular denomination was €2.50.

The Royal Belgium Mint strikes more than 40 million coins a year  but the final batch of commemorative coins have now been minted, ready to close its doors in just over a month.

The last coins ever struck at The Royal Belgian Mint – issued to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Ghent University.

The last coins ever struck at The Royal Belgian Mint were the special €2 coins issued to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Ghent University.

The special coin features an engraved logo of the University of Ghent with the dates 1817-2017. The Belgian mintmark, a helmeted head of the archangel Michel, as well as the mintmaster mark, the armorial bearings of Herzele city, are located respectively on the right and on the left of issuing country indication ‘BE’ (meaning Belgium). The12 stars of the European flag are represented on the external ring of the coin.


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2017 Change Checker Awards

We’re delighted to announce the 2017 Change Checker Awards in association with Stamp and Coin Mart where we’ll be celebrating the very best of the change collecting world.

 

We’re looking for the 2017 Change Checker of the Year and the 2017 Junior Change Checker of the year and we need your help!

Are you or do you know somebody that deserves to be crowned Change Checker of the year? If so, we’d love to hear why.

Did you complete the Great £1 coin race in record time? Do you know somebody who’s gone above and beyond to help other Change Checkers complete their collections? Or have you introduced all your friends to the world of change collecting?

If you or a friend has been the perfect Change Checker, we want to hear from you.

Send an email outlining why you, your family or friends deserve to win this coveted award to Awards@changechecker.org. Alternatively, you can submit your entry using the sign-up form at the bottom of this blog. Finally, you can leave a comment on any of our social media pages but be sure to use the hashtag #CCAwards2017.

To qualify for Junior Change Checker of the year the application must be aged 16 or younger. The closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday 24th November.

Junior Change Checker of the Year applicants must aged 16 or younger.

All entries will be judged by our panel and the results announced on Friday 8th December.

The victorious Change Checker and Junior Change Checker of the year will each win an exclusive Change Checker trophy and a bundle of goodies worth over £70!

 

Categories

The other categories that make up the Change Checker Awards are:

  • UK Coin Design of the Year 2017
  • Coin Photograph of the year 2017
  • Coin Story of the year 2017

These categories will be judged by our panel and the winners also announced on December 8th.

Good Luck!


Terms and Conditions

  • The winners will receive an exclusive Change Checker trophy and a bundle of goodies worth over £70. There is no cash alternative.
  • Participants agree to meet reasonable requests to assist publicity.
  • The Change Checker Awards 2017 are promoted by The Westminster Collection / Change Checker, trading divisions of 288 Group Ltd.
  • Employees of 288 Group and their families are not eligible to enter.

 

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October 2017 Video Newsletter

Watch as Yasmin and Luke discuss all the latest news from the world of change collecting…

 

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