MONS – Hôtel de Ville – Le Singe du Grand Garde

Outside the main entrance of City Hall of Mons is a small iron statue of a monkey. Its origin is not really known, but it dates back several centuries. Some historians claim it was placed there in order to bring luck to the city and its inhabitants. Today, the tradition is that whoever passes the monkey has to touch its head with his left hand for the fulfillment of a vow. One can notice in the picture that the head of the monkey is no longer the same colour as the rest of his body and it appears worn. His story is based on three assumptions: a masterpiece of a blacksmith who wished to access the mastery of his art, a pillory for troubled children or the sign of a tavern, ‘The tavern in the town square’ which is found in the basement of Town hall. It was declared a lucky charm by a young mons in 1930.
The coin is available together with coin Le Beffroi de Mons.

Release Dates

2012, 2015, 2018


  • Coin Alloy Name: Alpaca 12
  • Coin Alloy Color: silver
  • Coin Diameter: 31,00
  • Coin Thickness: 2,25
  • Coin Edge: serrated, fine
  • City: MONS - BERGEN
  • Country: Belgium
  • Available: no
  • Location: MONS - BERGEN, Belgium