Belgium 2008 50 euro

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Jean Elsen sale 144, lot 1343
This specimen was lot 1343 in Jean Elsen sale 144 (Brussels, March 2020), where it sold for €300 (about US$395 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BELGIQUE, Royaume, Albert II (1993-2013), AV 50 euro, 2008. Maurice Maeterlinck - L'oiseau bleu. Fr-454. Flan poli. (kingdom of Belgium, Albert II, 1993-2013, gold fifty euro of 2008, Maurice Maeterlinck and The Blue Bird. Proof.)"
This NCLT honors Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949), Symbolist playwright and poet. The Blue Bird was his most successful play. This design also appeared on KM 266 (silver 10 euro).

Recorded mintage: 2,500.

Specification: 6.22 g, 0.999 fine gold, 0.20 troy oz AGW, 21 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 267, Fr-454.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date, 13th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2018.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 144, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2020.

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