Tag: money

Let the Games begin! New medals for the Olympic Games in Rio

2488! This is how many medals there are to win for athletes, over all disciplines, during the Olympic Games. The medals, commonly made of gold, silver or bronze, are the most sustainable ones in the Games’ history.

This way to the money. Come and see the banking hall at the National Bank

Have you ever had occasion to enter the imposing banking hall at the National Bank of Belgium? Do you know what it looks like and the reasons why ordinary people go there? You go in via the main NBB entrance just a few steps away from the Temporary Museum. The time has come to devote this new edition of Spotlight to the banking hall.

Money and its traditions

According to tradition, 2 February is Candlemas Day, a festival widely celebrated in Belgium. What connection can there be between a Museum on the subject of money and pancakes? Quite simply, the traditions relating to money. This month’s object focuses on the various traditions and folklores surrounding the use of money.

The royal portrait in our wallet

Royalty are the only Belgians to have been honoured by being depicted on a coin or banknote during their lifetime, so it is high time we took a close look at the royal portrait in this edition of ‘Spotlight’.

Money and music

Throughout its long history, art has been difficult, if not impossible, to separate from money.

Museum NBB: beavering away at the collection Commodity money

The Museum of the National Bank of Belgium recently came into possession of a number of items which can be categorized as Commodity money. Shell money from Papua New Guinea, knife money from China, axe- and wheel money from Europe, all relics from a more or less distant past where notes and coins were not yet common.

The Belgian emergency notes of World War I are now online!

The Museum of the National Bank of Belgium posesses more than 4500 originals of Belgian emergency notes of World War I . With the centenary of this conflict coming up, it has put the collection online.

The Dynasty series of Belgian franc notes

For the month of November, this latest edition of the Museum’s Object of the Month turns its attention to a very specific series of Belgian banknotes: the Dynasty series, issued just after the Second World War.

New 2-euro commemorative coin on display in the Museum

The newest 2-euro commemorative coin commemorates ten years of euro banknotes and coins (2002 – 2012).

Chinese Metallic Money and Cash

Chinese monetary history is a topic that requires readers to leave behind certain concepts that have characterised our money for some time.