2020 numismatic program of Belgium – World Money Fair

2020 numismatic program of Belgium – World Money Fair

Numismag takes part to the World Money Fair in Berlin and on the first day of the fair, reserved for professionals, we interviewed Belgian Mint which provided us with additional informations on the numismatic program 2020.

Concerning the €2 commemorative coins, Belgium will issue a first coin, for which NUMISMAG presented the visual a few months ago. This coin is dedicated to the International Year of Plants under the aegis of the UN and more particularly the FAO. An official ceremony to present the coin to the public will take place in March-April 2020.

The following mintages are planned: 150,000 coin in BU quality and 5,000 coins in proof quality.

2020 numismatic program of Belgium - World Money Fair

2020 numismatic program of Belgium - World Money FairAdditional mintage for circulation

In addition to these two versions, 600,000 additional coins have been added at the insistence of the Belgian Ministry of Public Health. This institution wanted the belgian population to be able to see this coin in circulation, in order to make them aware of this issue.

These coins will be put into circulation by the Bank of Belgium at the end of the year or at the beginning of 2021. The KNM (dutch mint) is still in charge of minting Belgian euros until 2021, the end of this first contract.

This additional mintage of coins for circulation is also made possible because the stock of €2 coins in Belgium is in very sharp decline. The Royal Belgian Mint has in fact retroceded a large part of the €2 coins in stock to other countries that had needs for their own national cash circulation.

The remaining stock of €2 coins held by the Mint would cover the 2 years needs of the Belgian cash payment system.

2020 numismatic program of Belgium - World Money FairPooling

The Royal Belgian Mint and Mrs. Van Herzele (Monnaie royale de Belgique’s CEO)  also confirm the desire of the European Union member countries to share stocks with other European countries. The Central Bank of Belgium and the Royal Belgian Mint have proceeded in the same way with regard to stocks of 1 and 2 cent coins.

Mrs Van Herzele added that the latest Eurobarometer survey showed that 70% of the Belgian population agreed with the abolition of the 1 and 2 cent coins.

 

Van Eyke 2-euro coin

The second €2 commemorative coin is dedicated to the painter Van Eyke, as part of the European “Europa star” programme, dedicated this year to Gothic art. The coin will be issued in October 2020.

The series will be complemented by a €10 silver coin and a gold coin with a face value of €50. The €2 coin will be issued in 5,000 proof (boxed), 150,000 BU coins in coincards and  5,000 silver and 1,000 gold coins (€10 and €50 coins).

A coin will be dedicated to the Olympic Games and more specificaly to the Belgian team which will defend the colours of its country on this occasion.

A 75 years after the end of the war, with a face value of 2-1/2€ coin, is also forcast. We don’t know yet if this issue is planned to be part of combined set dedicated to peace in Europe, planned between 5 or 6 coutries including France, the Netherlands and Canada.

For 2019 circulation coins, the mint confirm no change in announced mintages for circulation coins.

2020 circulation coins – the number of circulation coins needed, according to the needs of the Belgian cash system as assessed by the Bank of Belgium, has not yet been communicated to the Royal Mint of Belgium.

 

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Issuing calendar

 

January:
BU World Money Fair – “Belgian fries” – mintage: 500 coins

 

2020 numismatic program of Belgium - World Money Fair

 

2020 numismatic program of Belgium - World Money Fair

 

February:
20€ BRUGES – 20 years of the historical center of the city – 2500 coins – Silver  proof -UNECSO WORLD HERITAGE

 

Mars:
€2 international year of the plant (150 000 BU – 5000 BE and 600 000 UNC coins for circulation)

2020 numismatic program of Belgium - World Money Fair

2020 €2 proof coin

 

5€ Belgian team for the Olympic Games – two versions: a version with an accentuated relief and another version in colour – Mintage of both versions: 12,500 coins

5€ 75 years of the “Bob and Bobette” comic book – two versions: a version with an accentuated relief and a version in colour – mintage of both versions: 12,500 coins

April:
2-1/2€ 100 years of the Antwerp Olympic Games (1920-2020) – BU in coincard two versions in relief and color – 50,000 coins

May:
5€ 185 years of the first train in continental Europe – BE in silver – 5 000 coins

2020 belgian €5 silver celebrates first continental european train12-1/2€ 150th birthday Jane BRIGODE – GOLDEN BE – mintage: 2 500 coins

June:
benelux set – mintage: 5,000 sets

August:
FDC set ANTWERP – BU 15 000 sets

September:
10€ 500th anniversary Christoffel Palntijn BE silver – 3000 coins

October:
2€ Jan Van Eyck – 150 000 BU coins – 5 000 proof and  €10 silver proof 5 000 coins – €50 gold proof 1 000 coins

 

November:
set BE – 1,000 sets.

Next meeting with the Mint of Japan…

 

Sources: Monnaie Royale de Belgique et NUMISMAG.

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