THE EXPO FILES | EXPO 58 BRUXELLES :: €100 COMMEMORATIVE COIN

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50th Anniversary of the International Expo in Belgium |Designer: Luc Luycx | Mint: Royal Belgian Mint | Alloy: Au 999 (gold) | Quantity: 3,000 | Value: €100

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The International Expo in Belgium, also known as Expo 58 or Brussels World’s Fair, was held from 17 April to 19 October 1958. It was the first major World’s Fair after World War II.

The site is best known for a giant model of a unit cell of an iron crystal (each sphere representing an atom), called the Atomiumwhich decades later remains one of the best known landmarks of Brussels.

More than 42 million visitors visited the site, which was opened with a call for world peace and social and economic progress, issued by King Baudouin I.

This coin was issued to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this event; on the obverse of the coin the logo of the exposition is depicted.

– Wikipedia, “Euro gold and silver commemorative coins (Belgium)

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