New coin says 'cheers' to Belgian beer


17 April 2021
Five years ago, Belgian beer culture was added to UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, and now collectors can celebrate with a €2.5 coin, issued by the Royal Mint of Belgium.

The special coin, available in a collectable coin card, features a design showing the different glasses used to serve  the many different varieties of Belgian beers.

A mint spokesperson said: 

'The 2 ½ euro coin is minted in BU-quality and is issued in two language versions. On the coincard, a close-up of a beer will quench your thirst. On the coin you will see the Belgian beer culture in a nutshell; each beer has its own matching type of glass!'

Belgium has a long tradition of brewing beers, and there are over 300 breweries based in the country, from major distributors to Trappist monasteries that have brewed their own varieties for centuries.

The UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage website explains:

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'Making and appreciating beer is part of the living heritage of a range of communities throughout Belgium. It plays a role in daily life, as well as festive occasions. Almost 1,500 types of beer are produced in the country using different fermentation methods.'

Coin details

Mintage: 20,000 (of which 7,500 coins in FDC Set 2021)
Metal: Base Metal
Weight: 10.50 g
Diameter: 25.65 mm
Quality: Brilliant Uncirculated
Designer    Iris Bruijns (obvers) Luc Luycx (reverse)

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