BRUSSEL – Manneken Pis

This statue of a little boy in a somewhat compromising position has since several centuries been a major tourist attraction in Brussels. Nobody actually knows why the manneken is there. He is believed to be nothing more than a decoration on top of a fountain, where people in the Middle-Ages came to get fresh water. Already in the 15th century a fountain called ‘manneken-pis’ existed in the Stoofstraat/Rue de l’étuve. The official origin can be traced back to the 13th of August 1619 when the city ordered the sculptor Jerome Duquesnoy to make a new bronze statue of manneken-pis to replace an old and withered one. Manneken-pis is very often dressed in different costumes. At the moment he has a wardrobe of more than 600 costumes, which are all preserved in the King’s House, or City Museum at the Grand-Place, the central market square of the city.

Release Dates

2002, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016

Features

  • Coin Alloy Name: Alpaca 12
  • Coin Alloy Color: silver
  • Coin Diameter: 31
  • Coin Thickness: 2,25
  • Coin Edge: serrated, fine with script
  • City: BRUSSEL
  • Country: Belgium
  • Available: yes
  • Location: BRUSSEL, Belgium