Belgium currency: The Euro sine 2002
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The euro banknotes and coins were introduced in Belgium on 1 January 2002, after a transitional period of three years when the euro was the official currency but only existed as 'book money'.
Unlike banknotes, which are the same in all euro-area countries, the coins have one common side and one country-specific side. Each of the euro-area countries designed the ‘national sides’ of their coins with familiar or traditional motifs and icons.
Belgium Currency: The Coins
The eight denominations of euro coins vary in size, weight, colour and thickness depending on their values. It's a good idea for you to see what Belgium Currency looks like before you get to Belgium. See below for coin and banknotes samples.
Belgium Currency: The Banknotes
Cool Belgium Euro Facts:
• 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.
• The different sizes and contrasting colours and relief patterns of euro banknotes help people – including the visually impaired – recognise the denominations.
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