Tag: banknotes

The new 50 euro note is here at last!

Following the arrival of the 5, 10 and 20 euro notes from the new series, it is the turn of the 50 euro note to reach our wallets. In circulation since 4 April 2017, the new banknote marks another step forward in the process of making European banknotes even stronger and more secure.

(Nederlands) Het Museum pakt uit in Muntpunt!

(Nederlands) Van dinsdag 28 maart tot vrijdag 14 april 2017 kunt u enkele objecten uit de collectie van het Museum van de Nationale Bank terugvinden in Muntpunt.

(Nederlands) (Over)leven in oorlogstijd

(Nederlands) Tijdens de maand oktober kreeg het museum twee rhetoricaklassen van het Athénée Robert Catteau van Brussel op bezoek. In het kader van hun erfgoed- en burgerschapsklassen namen zij deel aan het Educatieve spel over de Eerste Wereldoorlog dat het museum aanbiedt. Gedurende twee uren dompelden de leerlingen zich onder in het universum van de Grote Oorlog in de stad Brussel die vanaf 20 augustus 1914 door de Duitsers bezet werd.

New €50 banknote unveiled

On Tuesday 5 July 2016, the design of the new €50 note was revealed. It will start circulating on the 4 April 2017; the printing works of the National Bank run therefore already at full speed.

The new €20 banknote has arrived

There it is. A new denomination has been added to the Europa Series: € 20. Issued on the 25 November 2015, the new € 20 banknote is subject to a new display at the Museum of the National Bank of Belgium.

Portraying the fatherland

In 1869, nearly 20 years after its foundation, the National Bank of Belgium first saw big-themed bank notes roll off the presses. Their recognition value to the general populace and the level of detail put in by their creators quickly turned these drawings into a key weapon in combating forgery. The iconography also had a symbolic, nation-building purpose, and in Belgium its allegories and images typically captured the aspirations and successes of the nation state. This ‘In the Spotlight’ provides a snapshot of the way in which the National Bank has portrayed the fatherland on its franc banknotes over time.

A new book on euronotes

On 25 November 2015, the euro area will be welcoming the third new banknote from the Europa series: after the €5 and €10 notes comes the €20. This gives us a good opportunity to linger over the recent history of the development of euro banknotes. In The First Euros: the Creation and Issue of the First Euro Banknotes and the Road to the Europa Series, our Museum library’s latest acquisition, he Finn Antti Heinonen describes how the first series came about and the long road to the second series aan de hand van eigen ervaringen on the basis of his own experience.

Money That Goes Up In Smoke

Since being discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492, tobacco has become a significant feature of our society. While its detrimental effects on health are now well-known, it was initially regarded as a medicine before becoming a symbol of freedom and a life style represented, for example, by the famous Marlboro cowboy. What many people don’t know is that tobacco was used as a means of payment at various times in history ….

Money can’t buy happiness

A display case in Room 3 of the National Bank’s Temporary Museum contains a small painting depicting a wealthy man frightened by a skeleton playing a musical instrument. Nearby you can see an emergency banknote featuring skeletons dancing. What was the reason for depicting such macabre scenes on banknotes, and what is the connection between the painting and money? Find out in this edition of “Spotlight”!

Pointillism in the digital era: Robert Silvers’ photomosaic

Anyone who has visited the Temporary Museum must have noticed a gigantic 500-euro banknote there. This banknote appeals to one’s imagination, as it measures 1.20 metres in height and 2.30 metres in width. When standing closer, you can see that it consists of thousands of other banknotes.