Tag: Europe

A Nazi Counterfeit in the National Bank

The object we present you this month is a note you would not expect in the National Bank. It is indeed the only false note in the Museum’s showcases. To understand its presence, we have to dig into Europe’s past, in the history of World War II to be precise. This note is part of one of the most important forgeries ever set up and this counterfeiting was engineered by Nazi Germany.

Salt, the white gold?

Today, we use salt to season food, for instance on French fries. But do you know that throughout history salt was used on a far more larger scale than nowadays? And that it was a common means of payment?

Slovenia has adopted the euro

Slovenia has officially adopted the euro on January 1st, 2007. Therefore it has become, together with its two million inhabitants, the 13th, European Member State among the 27 to use the euro.

Celtic effigies under the microscope

Abstract, stylised, non-figurative … These are just a few of the words that come to mind when looking at the obverse of this Celtic coin. It certainly appears as if a number of meaningless signs or symbols have been arbitrarily combined. But is that really the case? Does the obverse of this coin not tell […]

The millenary anniversary of the city of Rome

The dawn of the year 2000 prompted many people to think about the past, the present and the future. It was a time for reflection, the central question being what the third millennium would bring.

Offering to the gods of the underworld

More than four thousand years ago, ore was already being extracted from the ground in Central Europe and processed into metal, and some of it was given back to the earth. During the 19th and 20th centuries, this metal resurfaced, but as prehistoric treasure in the form of rings and flat bars. The unusually numerous finds are not only a sign of the growing importance of metal, they also indicate the transition from the stone age to the bronze age in Europe.