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2008 Belgium €2 Coin Issue "Universal Declaration on Human Rights 60 Years"

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  • Mint: Royal Belgium Mint
  • Denomination: €2
  • Quality: UNC/BU
  • Issue limit: 5 million/12,000
  • Alloy: Base Metal
  • Diameter: 25.75 mm
  • Weight: 8.5 grams
  • Box/Capsule: No/No
  • Certificate: BU in printed folder

Additional Information

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This commemorative circulating coin issue from Belgium celebrates the 60th anniversary of the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Following this historic act, the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and "to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories."

The Guinness Book of Records describes the UDHR as the "Most Translated Document" in the world. It consists of 30 articles which outline the view of the General Assembly on the human rights guaranteed to all people. The International Bill of Human Rights consists of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and its two Optional Protocols. In 1966 the General Assembly adopted the two detailed Covenants which complete the International Bill of Human Rights; and in 1976, after the Covenants had been ratified by a sufficient number of individual nations, the Bill took on the force of international law.

The reverse features curved lines around a rectangle marked with the figure 60. The year 2008 is inscribed above the rectangle and the words "UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS" underneath it. The name of the country is inscribed in a semi-circle below the design in its three official languages "BELGIE - BELGIQUE - BELGIEN". The mint mark and the signature mark of the Master of the Mint appear to the left and right of the design respectively. The outer ring of the coin depicts the twelve stars of the European flag.

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