The Royal Mint of Belgium will issue new euro coins with the portrait of King Philip starting in 2014, a spokesman for the Mint said on Thursday. Philip will succeed his father King Albert II who announced he is to abdicate July 21. A special commemorative coin will be issued later this year.
The Belgian Mint follows the lead taken by the Royal Dutch Mint earlier this year. New euro coins of King Willem-Alexander, who succeeded his mother Queen Beatrix on April 30, are being prepared. The design has not been published yet, however a 2 euro coin marking the changeover was issued earlier this year. It showed both Beatrix and Willem-Alexander.
The Vatican too has to order a new design for its euro coins after the abdication of Pope Benedict XVI and the election of Pope Francis. A 2-euro coin to mark the 'Sede Vacante', the short time when the papacy was vacant, has been issued as well.
These coins are much sought after as they are issued in a very limited number, befitting the minuscule size of the Vatican City State.
The Principality of Andorra has presented the European Central Bank with its chosen designs for the euro coins it wants to issue starting January 1, 2014. Andorra, wedged between Spain and France in the Pyrenees, is one of two states to issue euro coins, Latvia being the other. Andorra though has already been using euros as its currency.
© Royalblog, Hans Jacobs (pictured are the Dutch 2-euro coin with Beatrix and Willem-Alexander, a Luxembourg 50 cts coin with Grand Duke Henri, a Vatican 50cts coin with Pope Benedict XVI, a 1 euro coin with King Albert II of the Belgians, the Vatican's Sede Vacante 2 euro coin and the proposed design for Andorra's 2 euro coin.)