Ghent gets its ‘own’ currency. Paying beers with Jan Van Eyck and … (Ghent)


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The Royal Mint of Belgium issues three commemorative coins in honor of the Flemish painter Jan Van Eyck. The 2, 10 and 50 euro coins will be issued to commemorate the Van Eyck year, which will run in the city of Ghent until mid-2021.

The 2 euro piece depicts “The Man with the Red Turban”, a work that many consider to be a self-portrait by Van Eyck. The 10 euro silver coin features a double portrait of Italian textile merchant Giovanni Arnolfini and his wife Constanza, and the 50 euro gold coin features a detail from the lower center panel of the Ghent Altarpiece: the bleeding lamb.

The coins have a limited edition. There is also a collector’s set for the three coins, which costs 499.95 euros.

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