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The Queen Elisabeth Competition is a competition for career-starting musicians held in Brussels. It is a competition for classical violinists (from 1937), pianists (from 1938), singers (from 1988) and cellists (from 2017). It also held international competitions for composers from 1953 to 2012. Since its foundation it is considered one of the most challenging and prestigious competitions for instrumentalists. In 1957 the Queen Elisabeth Competition was one of the founding members of the World Federation of International Music Competitions.
The competition is named after Elisabeth (25 July 1876 – 23 November 1965), Queen consort of the Belgians as the spouse of King Albert I, and a Duchess in Bavaria by birth. She was the mother of King Leopold III of Belgium and of Queen Marie José of Italy, and grandmother of kings Baudouin and Albert II of Belgium.
The inner part depicts the emblem of the Queen Elisabeth Competition superimposed on the effigy of Queen Elisabeth, looking to the left, flanked on the left and right respectively by the mark of the mint master (quill, Serge Lesens, 2009-2012) and the mark of the Royal Belgian Mint (a helmeted profile of the Archangel Michael).
1937 - 2012
A geographical map of Western Europe spans the outer ring and inner core on the right side of the coin. The inscription 2 EURO is superimposed over the map of Europe, with the numeral “2” located in an open field representing the eastern Atlantic Ocean.
The sequence "2 ★ ★" repeated six times alternately upright and inverted.
2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★