2 Euro, Child Focus, Belgium 2016

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2 Euro, Child Focus, Belgium 2016

Child Focus is launching a new euro coin depicting a missing child: Liam Vanden Branden, who went missing in 1996. Through this Coin of Hope, we want to spread the hope for every missing child, from hand to hand and from country to country. Because just like the children’s loved ones, Child Focus keeps hoping for answers. Share the missing persons bulletins below because every lead can make a difference.

 

The new circulating commemorative coin, issued by the Royal Mint of Belgium, was launched on May 25, which is International Missing Children’s Day. The Belgian two-euro coin features the face of a young child named Liam Vanden Branden on the obverse, who went missing on May 3, 1996 at the age of two. The coin issue is as much a symbolic gesture as it is an actual “Missing Child” notification, but it is intended to circulate in regular commerce. The public is encouraged to take photos of the cash transactions and include the hashtag #CoinsOfHope, which is the name of the commemorative series under which the coin is being produced. The Belgian two-euro coin is also designed to put a face on the global problem of missing children, many of whom are victims of human trafficking. “This [coin initiative] is absolutely about Liam, but he has become a face for a much larger challenge,” says Lincoln Bjorkman, Chief Operating Officer of Wunderman Global, an internationally-known marketing company based in New York City that is helping facilitate the Coins of Hope program.

According to Wunderman Executive Creative Director Samuel de Volder, Liam was chosen for the coin because he is “the youngest child who has been missing for such a long time.”

The Coins of Hope program is a project coordinated between the Belgian National Bank and European organization Child Focus. Supporters have spent the last two years working on the approval process with the Belgian Ministry of Finance and appropriate governing authorities throughout Europe.

“We had to convince the [Belgian] Royal Mint, the European Union, 19 separate European member states, and, last but not least, our King Philippe, who had to abdicate his place and face on the 2-Euro coin,” de Volder adds.

King Philippe, who ascended to the Belgian throne in 2013 following the abdication of Albert II, will continue appearing on the obverse of other circulating Belgian Euro coins, on which the nation’s monarchs ordinarily appear. Presumably, King Philippe’s willingness to permit Liam’s face to appear on the two-euro coin is an acknowledgement of the significant kidnapping problem in Europe, where a child is reported missing every two minutes.

European and other authorities around the world recognize International Missing Children’s Day, a joint venture between the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children and theNational Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the latter located in the United States. The day of observance was first officially recognized on a global scale in 2001, nearly two decades after President Ronald Reagan declared National Missing Children’s Day in the United States on May 25, 1983.

That was exactly four years to the day after a six-year-old boy from New York City named Etan Patz was kidnapped en route to school from a bus. In 1979, Patz became the first missing child whose face was plastered on milk cartons across the country.

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CuNi
8.5 γρ.
25.75 mm
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2016
2 EURO
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Λαμπερό Ακυκλοφόρητο (BU)
1020000
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Belgium

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Liam is not alone

 

Child Focus is launching a new euro coin depicting a missing child: Liam Vanden Branden, who went missing in 1996. Through this Coin of Hope, we want to spread the hope for every missing child, from hand to hand and from country to country. Because just like the children’s loved ones, Child Focus keeps hoping for answers.

 

Share the missing persons bulletins below because every lead can make a difference.

 

Ματεο Dullia

Missing since: 2008-09-07

Place of disappearance: ΚΟΥΚΑΚΙ

Αννα Τριανταφυλλιδου

Missing since: 1981-08-19

Place of disappearance: ΣΚΟΥΤΑΡΙ ΓΥΘΕΙΟΥ ΛΑΚΩΝΙΑΣ

Femie Sezgin Shukri

Missing since: 2012-12-04

Place of disappearance: ΤΑΞΙΑΡΧΗΣ ΕΥΒΟΙΑΣ

Steven Cook

Missing since: 2005-09-01

Place of disappearance: ΜΑΛΙΑ ΚΡΗΤΗΣ

Ben Needham

Missing since: 1991-07-24

Place of disappearance: ΚΩΣ

Θεμιστοκλησ Ευθυμιαδησ

Missing since: 2000-06-30

Place of disappearance: ΜΕΝΙΔΙ ΑΤΤΙΚΗΣ

Sameem Fazli

Missing since: 2009-07-14

Place of disappearance: ΚΑΤΩ ΠΑΤΗΣΙΑ

Zahra Mosa

Missing since: 2008-02-16

Place of disappearance: ΑΡΧΑΙΑ ΚΟΡΙΝΘΟΣ

Χαλιλ Αλεισα

Missing since: 2007-06-22

Place of disappearance: ΝΕΟΣ ΚΟΣΜΟΣ

Γεωργιοσ Παρασκευοπουλοσ

Missing since: 1992-06-24

Place of disappearance: ΔΗΜΗΤΡΑ ΓΟΡΤΥΝΙΑΣ

 

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Help us spread the hope for every missing child simply by spending the Coin of Hope: at the baker’s, at the florist’s, by giving it to a friend... but you can also help online. Share a photo of your coin here, together with the person you are giving the coin to and #CoinsofHope.

 

https://coinsofhope.eu/en

 
 
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