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The Open Day of the European Council and the Council of the European Union, 7 May 2011

The Museum of the National Bank will participate in the Open Day of the European Council and the Council of the European Union. On the eve of Europe Day, which is celebrated each year to mark the anniversary of the 1950 Schuman Declaration, we invite you to come and see for yourself what the Eurosystem does.

Leopold II: a currency for the Congo Free State?

At the end of the 19th century, the Congo, with its territory 80 times bigger than Belgium, became the personal property of King Leopold II of Belgium. After the 1885 Berlin Conference, Leopold II was internationally recognised as the sovereign of the Congo Free State. In other words, he became the absolute sovereign ruler of the free State, with sovereignty being fully incarnated in the king’s persona.