Tag: Belgium

The last series of Belgian franc banknotes

This month, the Spotlight focuses on the last series of Belgian franc banknotes. Indeed, although some people still convert euros to francs, the notes themselves often seem to have been forgotten already.

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.

Flashback to the Ghent World Fair of 1913

The collection on show in the National Bank of Belgium’s Museum not only features banknotes and coins, but also has an array of medals. To mark this year’s centenary of the 1913 Ghent World Fair, this Object of the Month focuses the spotlight on the medals that were made on the occasion of this exhibition.

Biography of a banknote

We are all very familiar with banknotes because we handle them every day. whether sitting in our pockets, tucked away in wallets or just an entry in our bank accounts, they are part of day-to-day life. But, at the end of the day, we really know very little about them. Who makes them, for instance? Who decides when and where they go into circulation? How long do they last? What happens to a banknote at the end of its life? To mark the tenth anniversary of the arrival of euro banknotes, the new “in the Spotlight” takes a look at the life of this all-too- familiar means of payment.

The sound of the Queen Elisabeth competition in our purse

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Queen Elisabeth competition, the Royal Mint is issuing a new coin of two euro. As from today it is on view in the Museum of the National Bank of Belgium.

Katanga Crosses

In June 2010 the Democratic Republic of Congo celebrated the 50th anniversary of its independence, giving us a good opportunity to bring up a very unusual object hailing from one of the country’s southern provinces, Katanga. It is the copper cross.

New 2-euro commemorative coin on display in the Museum

The theme? The Belgian presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Belgian gold in foreign hands

During the second half of the 1930s a growing threat of war was clearly felt. Hitler had come to power in 1933 and on the international level tension was building up. Belgium felt compelled to transfer most of its stocks of gold and other valuables abroad for safe keeping .

The stock market: from the ‘Ter Buerse’ inn to Wall Street

Last year the economic crisis hit us all. Stock markets, too, had a tough time. Both the American and the European markets felt the pain, and the Bel 20 index plummeted. The Fortis share, initially thought to be stable, went into free-fall. Nowadays, the stock market is a familiar concept, but where, when and how did share trading actually begin?

Sterling as a medieval commercial currency

In the history of the world, only a few coinages have developed into international commercial currencies. In order to be accepted outside the territory where it was issued, a coin had to satisfy a number of conditions relating to its weight, alloy and value, and had to be familiar to many. From the end of the 12th century, the English sterling penny amply fulfilled these conditions; throughout north-western Europe it enjoyed a reputation as a strong and reliable currency.