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The museum open during the summer holidays

Summer holidays are fast approaching and we are counting on many fine, warm and laidback days. The Temporary Museum of the National Bank remains open during the summer months, from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. It is located in the avenue de Berlaimont, close to the grand place of Brussels and some ten minutes away […]

Belgian emergency money from the First World War : sequel

In 2013, the museum uploaded his entire collection of Belgian emergency banknotes and coins from the First World War. Recently, it has been completed with some new acquisitions from Ghent, Sint-Jans-Molenbeek and Zingem.

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 ….