Belgium - België - Belgique - Belgien
There are two different series of Belgian euro coins in circulation.
All denominations of the first series, issued in 2002, show the effigy of His Majesty Albert II, King of the Belgians, encircled by the twelve stars of the European Union with the royal monogram (capital 'A' and crown) to the right. The Belgian euro coins were designed by Jan Alfons Keustermans, Director of the Municipal Academy of Fine Arts of Turnhout, and chosen by a panel made up of high-ranked officials, experts in numismatics and artists.
In 2008, Belgium made a slight modification to the design of its national sides in order to comply with the common guidelines recommended by the European Commission. The new national sides continued to bear the effigy of His Majesty Albert II, King of the Belgians, encircled by twelve stars, but the royal monogram and the date of issuance featured in the inner part of the coin – not in the outer ring – together with two new elements: the mint marks and the abbreviation of the country name (‘BE’).
As of 2014, the second series of the Belgian coins show, on every denomination, the effigy of the new Head of State His Majesty Philippe, King of the Belgians, in profile to the right. To the left of the effigy, the indication of the issuing country "BE" and on top of it the royal monogram. Under the effigy, the mint master mark at the left and the mint mark at the right flank the year of issuance.
The coin's outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
The edge lettering on the €2 coin is 2**, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted.
Coins from previous years featuring the old Belgian national face remain valid.