Tag: Charles V

The museum remains open during the summer holidays!

The Temporary Museum of the National Bank remains open during the summer months, Monday to Friday 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 from the Central Station. If you plan a visit with your family the […]

The Carolus guilder: an imperial coin

Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor, was born in Ghent in 1500. His almost legendary reputation is due to the statement that in his empire the sun never set. Charles V ruled over the Burgundian Netherlands, he was King of Spain (and Spain’s overseas colonies) and he was also the ruler of the Holy Roman Empire. During his reign the economy flourished. Herman van der Wee even talks of the emergence of a global economy led by Europe in the 16th century. It is therefore no coincidence that Charles V laid some of the foundations for the modern coinage.