Tag: bank

(Nederlands) De verslagen van de Raad van Bestuur van 1850 tot 1913 nu ook digitaal te raadplegen

(Nederlands) De verslagen van de Raad van Bestuur van de Nationale Bank zijn tot en met 1913 gedigitaliseerd en raadpleegbaar in het Algemeen Rijksarchief in Brussel.

(Nederlands) Terug naar school!

(Nederlands) Het Tijdelijke Museum van de Nationale Bank van België wenst alle kinderen een spetterende start van het nieuwe schooljaar 2016-2017!

The SSM in a nutshell

On 4 November 2014, the ECB fully assumed supervisory tasks and responsibilities in the framework of the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM). For teachers who would like to illustrate this first important step towards a banking union to their students, the ECB has made an animation film.

When Milda joins Europe

(Nederlands) 2014 wordt een memorabel jaar voor de Eurozone. Om te beginnen is het op 1 januari vijftien jaar geleden dat de euro giraal werd geïntroduceerd en twaalf jaar dat de munten en biljetten bestaan. Dit getal is symbolisch belangrijk omdat het ook om het aantal sterren gaat die afgebeeld zijn op de Europese vlag. Maar het belangrijkste getal is 18. De Eurozone verwelkomt immers zijn achttiende lidstaat: Letland.

Electronic money

According to Régis Bouyala, means of payment are “transaction media made available to economic agents […] to pay the price of a product or service or to settle a debt.

The oldest Belgian paper money (1837-1850)

In 1830 Belgium was the most industrialised country on the continent. In the period 1830-1848 a very small number of banks financed the Belgian industrial revolution. Each of them had the right to issue paper money.

1851: The first-born notes of the National Bank

Nowadays, the National Bank of Belgium is the only financial institution authorized to print banknotes in Belgium. However, this has not always been the case. During the first half of the 19th century several banks put their own notes in circulation. The Bank which was founded by law of 5 May 1850 issued its first series in 1851.

The money changer’s bench

One may wonder why the Museum of the National Bank of Belgium placed a wooden table right in the centre of the main exhibition hall where the history of money is told. The answer is quite simple, the bench belonged to a money changer. The owner of the bench did not only change money, as his profession might suggest, he also acted as a banker. Money changers found their way to the cities of the Low Countries in the Late Middle Ages. If you only think about the enormous variety of coins in circulation, it becomes quite obvious money changers played an important role in the economic life of a medieval citizen.