Belgium 1997 50 ecu
"BELGIQUE, Royaume, Albert II (1993-2013), AV 50 ecu, 1997. 40e anniversaire du Traité de Rome. Flan poli. (kingdom of Belgium, Albert II, 1993-2013, fortieth anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. Proof.)"During the currency unification negotiations that eventually led to the euro, a coin called the ecu was proposed. The Belgian government went so far as to issue several different types 1987-98 to promote it. All were struck in precious metals, suggesting that the regime never seriously believed it would displace the Belgian franc then circulating. The euro was introduced in 1999-2002 and these coins now trade for bullion. This NCLT was accompanied by a silver five ecu (KM 205).
Recorded mintage: 2,500.
Specification: 15.55 g, 0.999 fine gold, 0.50 troy oz AGW, 29 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 206, Fr-438.
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