The Belgian government intended to produce 2 euro coins, commemorating the 1815 battle of Waterloo, a defeat for French Emperor Napoleon.
All Eurozone countries have the right to make special euro coins, but the other countries have to agree with them. The French government did not want to be reminded of Napoleon’s defeat 200 years ago, and objected.
The Belgian government has now decided to make the Waterloo commemorative coins 2 euro 50 coins, not valid for paying in shops. For such coins they do not need other countries’ permission.
Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo caused in part by Indonesian volcanic eruption: here.
Hilarious… General de Gaulle managed to write a history of the French Army without once mentioning Waterloo !!!
Ben Schoenmaker, author of a new Dutch book on the battle, claims that Britlish historians under-estimate the Dutch armed forces’ role; both in Waterloo and in the battle of Quatre Bras
two days before Waterloo:
Yes, I agree, I think they didn’t give the credit to the Dutch in the past, but I have several English books on the same subject which have now re-assessed those old historians… and then of course the Prussians and Gen Blucher without whom the battle would have been lost… but the Dutch, the Belgians and the British had hell first, all day on the battlefield…
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