All eight denominations of Belgian euro coins minted before 2014 feature a portrait of King Albert II, who abdicated in 2013, and his royal monogram – a capital “A” underneath a crown. The motif was designed by Jan Alfons Keustermans.
Euro coins and banknotes were introduced on 1 January 2002 in twelve countries. Today, the euro area has grown to include 18 countries. Euro coins feature a common design on one side. Also, the national side (reverse) of every coin includes a ring of 12 stars from the European Union flag. Each country has its own design for the national side of its coins.