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Belgian 2015 200th Anniversary of The Battle of Waterloo Two and a Half Euro Coin
In 2015 The Royal Belgium Mint issued a €2.50 coin commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.
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The coin was originally intended to be a €2. Paris objected to the coin as it could cause offense to the French as well as tension between the countries. After much controversy, the €2 coin was scrapped.
Belgium was forced to scrap around 180,000 coins it had already minted. It reportedly cost €1.5 million to do so.
A loophole in the minting regulations means that Eurozone countries are free to mint coins in irregular denominations. This gave Belgium the opportunity to change the original design to fit a €2.50 instead.
The coin is the first of its denomination to be minted in Belgium. Whilst the coins can be spent in Belgium, they are not legal tender outside the country.
The Belgian finance minister, Johan Van Overtveldt, said the coins are being issued as a way to commemorate an important battle and are not intended to anger France.
The Battle of Waterloo started on Sunday 18th June, 1815, at 11am. It was 2 hours later than intended to allow for the damp ground to dry out from the previous night's bad weather.
The battle took place near Waterloo in present-day Belgium, which was then part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The Prussian and Anglo armies worked as an allied force and were led by General Blücher and the Duke of Wellington respectively. The French troops were led by Napoleon.
After hours of fighting (most of it was fought in close combat) and 41,000 casualties, Napoleon was defeated and the battle brought over 20 years of conflict to an end
The coin is brilliant uncirculated and comes in a presentation card.
The reverse shows the Lion's Mount monument, which was erected at the Waterloo battlefield. The obverse features a map of Europe with the €2.50 denomination on it.
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