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    Manneken Pis celebrates 400th birthday with commemorative coin

    The Manneken Pis statue has worn over 900 different costumes. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

    A special edition euro coin is being issued to celebrate the 400th birthday of Brussels’ iconic Manneken Pis statue.

    The coin, which will have a value of €2.50, was introduced by Finance Minister Alexandre de Croo on Wednesday at an event in the city hall of Brussels.

    Some 12,00 coins engraved with the message “400 years Manneken Pis,” were released by the Royal Mint of Belgium as part of a series of birthday celebrations for one of the city’s most notable attractions.

    An emblematic part of the city’s cultural heritage, the original statue of the small peeing boy was put up in around 1618, but has been replaced by a replica, with the original on display away in the Museum of the City of Brussels.

    “Despite its small size, it is the second most visited attraction in Brussels,” alderwoman for culture Delphine Houba said, according to 7sur7.

    Fans of the statue of the small peeing boy can celebrate its 400 years by visiting the Manneken Pis’ wardrobe, in which over 900 custom-made suits are stored.

    Additionally, the city will put the history of the statue in the spotlight with an exhibition organised in Brussels’ city hall.

    While the Manneken Pis’ commemorative coin will have real monetary value, it will not be put into circulation.

    Coin collectors and fans of the statuette can buy a piece for €10 on the website of commemorative coins and will be given the choice between a French or a Dutch-language coin.

    Gabriela Galindo
    The Brussels Times