The sound of the Queen Elisabeth competition in our purse  Share

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Queen Elisabeth competition, the Royal Mint is issuing a new coin of two euro. As from today it is on view in the Museum of the National Bank of Belgium.

The prestigious competition, renowned all over the world, was established in 1937 by Queen Elisabeth of Belgium.

The Queen, herself being a violinist, aimed to give young artists (younger than 30) the opportunity to become well known worldwide by means of a competition. On top of that the laureates (musicians, composers) of the competition (CMIREB) are awarded a cash prize.

This year’s competition was devoted to the violin and was won by the Russian Andrey Baranov (

The new coin, of which will be minted five million, features the portrait of Queen Elisabeth, the competition logo and the inscription ‘QUEEN ELISABETH COMPETION 1937-2012’.

This is the second commemorative coin that has been issued in Belgium in 2012. The first one was minted in the seventeen countries of the Euro zone on the occasion of the decennial of the euro banknotes and coins.