Belgian coin celebrates comic characters Blake and Mortimer


03 March 2021
A new Belgium €5 commemorative coin has been issued by the Royal Dutch Mint to celebrate 75 years of Blake and Mortimer, the duo who first appeared in the Belgian comic magazine Tintin in 1946.

The €5 coin is available in classic relief and colour versions, whilst a €25 gold proof coin is also available.

The front features a bilingual name and anniversary inscription around a double portrait of the comic duo. 

The coin will be issued in two variants, each covering half of the maximum limitation: a classic relief coin and a coin depicting the duo in the original colours of the first album.

Black and Mortimer coin details

  • Official Belgian Blake and Mortimer 5 euro coin 
  • Available in two versions: in relief and in colour  
  • Limited edition of max 15,000 coins, of which 50% in relief and 50% in colour 
  • Legal tender in Belgium, not for circulation
  • Metal: Cu/Ni 
  • Weight: 12.67 g 
  • Diameter: 30 mm 
  • Quality: Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) / FDC 
  • Design: Luc Luycx 
  • Max. mintage: 15,000 coins worldwide of which 50% in relief and 50% in colour

Captain Francis Blake and Professor Philip Mortimer are the creation of Edgar P. Jacobs. 

The comic first appeared in the Belgian comic magazine Tintin in 1946. In the Netherlands, the stories appeared from 1946 in Kuifje Weekblad and from 1964 in Pep/Sjors

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The series follows the adventures of the friends Professor Philip Mortimer and Captain Francis Blake, a spy with MI5. Although the comic is named after both main characters, Professor Philip Mortimer is the main protagonist.

It is Mortimer who often gets into difficult situations, after which he gets help from his friend Captain Francis Blake. The stories are set in the 1940s to early 1960s.

The €25 coin is described as being the very first comic coin in gold issued by the Royal Mint of Belgium, with only 1,000 copies will be minted.

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