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  • 5 Euro Cent 2008, KM# 276, Belgium, Albert II
  • 5 Euro Cent 2008, KM# 276, Belgium, Albert II

In 2008, Belgium made a slight modification to the design of its national sides in order to comply with the common guidelines recommended by the European Commission. These required, among other things, that the circle of 12 stars representing Europe appear as in the European flag - i.e. continuous in a circle with nothing intruding between any of the stars.

The new national sides continued to bear the effigy of His Majesty Albert II, King of the Belgians, encircled by twelve stars, but the royal monogram and the date of issuance featured in the inner part of the coin – not in the outer ring – together with two new elements: the mint marks and the abbreviation of the country name (‘BE’).


The inner section shows an effigy of King Albert II in profile facing to the left. The royal monogram (crowned A II) and the indication of the country (BE) on the right. Date below, surrounded by the mint director's privy mark (left) and mintmark (right). The outer ring of the coin depicts the twelve stars of the European flag.

Albert II (born 6 June 1934) reigned as King of the Belgians from 1993 until his abdication in 2013. Albert II was the fourth monarch to abdicate in 2013, following Pope Benedict XVI, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, and Emir Hamad bin Khalifa of Qatar. In doing so, he was also the second Belgian monarch to abdicate following his father, King Leopold III, who abdicated in 1951, albeit under very different circumstances.

Royal Belgian Mint
• Mintmark: Head of Archangel Michael (Saint-Patron of Brussels)
• Director's privy mark: Scale (Romain Coenen, 1987-2009)

Engraver: Jan Alfons Keustermans



A globe, next to the facial value, shows Europe in relation to Africa and Asia.

Engraver: Luc Luycx



5 Euro Cent

2nd portrait, 2nd type
KM# 276 LA# BEM-3.2a
Material Copper Plated Steel
Weight 3.92 g
Diameter 21.25 mm
Thickness 1.67 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Royal Belgian Mint

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