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Belgian Gold ECU Coin Issues

ECU - EMU - Euro
The écu was a historic coin type in Europe, and when the EEC or European Economic Community was moving towards a single currency, the ECU was devised as the first European currency unit . Because its initials E.C.U. formed the acronym ECU, this was a rather neat name for the new unit. A few countries issued ECU coins, as pattern or commemorative issues, including Belgium. E.M.U. stands for European Monetary Union. Later the E.E.C. changed to the E.C. and still later to the E.U. Eventually the Euro came into existence, but the ECU was one of its ancestors.

Belgian Gold ECU Issues
Belgium has issued ECU denominated coins in five different denomination, 10, 20, 25, 50, and 100 ECUs, and on about a dozen different occasions.

We have illustrated a 50 ECU gold proof coin from 1995. This was to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the United Nations in 1945.
The obverse has a three-quarters facing portrait which we believe is King Albert II, with the inscriptions: 50 ECU 1995 Belgique - België - Belgien.
The reverse shows the United Nations logo and the inscriptions: 50 1945 1995. the edge is plain.

Technical Specifications
DenominationDiameterWeightFinenessGold Content
50 Ecus (1987)2917.28.9000.500
50 Ecus (1995)2915.55.9990.500
100 Ecus3731.1030.9991.000

Notes on Table
Weight = Weight in grams.
Gold Content = Fine gold content in troy ounces.

Prices & Availability
Please contact us prior to ordering for current prices and availability.
198750 Ecus30th Anniversaries Treaties of Romeabout Unc1,502,000Ask
1989100 EcusMaria Theresaabout Unc50,000Ask
199550 EcusUnited Nations 50th AnniversaryProof, about FDC2,500Yes

1995 United Nations 50 ECU

Postage & Packing
UK Registered Post (Special Delivery) £9 per order
EU Insured Post £10 per order
USA Airmail $10 per order
USA Insured Shipping by Fedex $40 per order

Belgian Silver and Base Metal Coins
For silver and base metal coins of Belgium, please look at our original Chard Coins website.

Coins Wanted
We make an active market in almost all world coins, gold or otherwise, including Belgian gold coins, whether listed on this page or not. If you have any of these coins to sell, please contact us, or post them to us for appraisal and offer.

Obverse of 1995 Belgian Gold 50 ECUs
Obverse of 1995 Belgian Gold 50 ECU


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Reverse of 1995 Belgian Gold 50 ECUs
Reverse of 1995 Belgian Gold 50 ECU

Obverse of 1989 Belgian Gold 100 ECU
Obverse of 1989 Belgian Gold 100 ECU

Reverse of 1989 Belgian Gold 100 ECU
Reverse of 1989 Belgian Gold 100 ECU


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