Belgium 500 Francs (Rene Magritte)

Belgium 500 Francs (Rene Magritte)


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The Belgian franc was the official currency of the Kingdom of Belgium from 1832 to 2002. The official currency symbol: fr. The first Belgian franc was established in 1832, after the independence from the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Between 1835 and 1841, notes had issued by six different entities; the Société de commerce de Bruxelles, the Banque Legrelle, the Société générale pour favoriser l’industrie nationale, the Banque de Belgique, the Banque de Flandre and the Banque liègeoise et Caisse d’épargnes in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 250, 500 and 1000 francs.

Luxembourg also adopted the Belgian franc in 1848 and Switzerland in 1850. In 1851, the National Bank of Belgium introduced paper money in denominations of 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 francs. Finally, in 1865, Belgium, France, Switzerland, and Italy created the Latin Monetary Union; It was a 19th-century system that unified several European currencies into a single currency that allowed use in all member states. This agreement was created when most of the national currencies were still made of gold and silver.

Again in 1914, the National Bank of Belgium introduced banknotes in denominations of 1, 2 and 5 francs. Act that was followed by La Société générale de Belgique, which issued paper money in the areas occupied by the Germans between 1915 and 1918 in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 20, 100 and 1000 francs. In 1926, The Treasury took over the production of 5 and 20 franc notes; the same year, Belgium withdrew from the Latin Monetary Union in 1926, when the country experienced depreciation and an abrupt collapse of confidence. This led the government to introduce a new gold coin for international transactions, the Belgian, which had a value of 5 francs. The following year, Then National Bank introduced notes with denominations given in both francs and belgas. These were 50, 100, 500, 1000 and 10,000 francs (10, 20, 100, 200 and 2000 belgas).

Following the liberation from the German occupation in 1994, a new banknote series was introduced in denominations of 5, 10, 100, 500 and 1000 francs (1, 2, 20, 100 and 200 belgas); This series of banknotes dated from 1943 and was the last series to bear denominations in belgas. In 1948, the Treasury introduced notes of 50 francs, followed by 20 francs in 1950. Contrary to the National Bank, which continued to issue 100, 500 and 1000 francs. In 1971, the 5,000 francs note was introduced, and the 20 and 50 franc treasury notes were replaced by coins in 1980 and 1987, respectively. The 10,000 franc notes were issued in 1992, and the production of the 5,000 franc note ceased. The 2000 franc banknotes were introduced in 1994, and the 200 franc banknotes were issued in 1997.

With the introduction of the euro in 2002, Belgian francs banknotes were removed from circulation. The Belgian francs can be exchanged into euros at the National Bank of Belgium for an indefinite period of time.

The 500 Belgian francs note front design features the portrait of René François Ghislain Magritte (1898 – 1967), who was a Belgian surrealist artist, followed by some pieces of the artists.

The reverse of the note presets some artworks of the René Magritte. The lettering of the note is presented in the French, Dutch and German languages. This note is part of the 1998 – 2002 series, and its color is blue-black, purple and blue-green on a multicolor underprint.

Additional information


149 x 74 mm


Portrait, Eight Men, Chair, Tree, Windows, Leaves


Rene Magritte




Outmoded Belgian Franc Banknotes


Banque Nationale De Belgique – Belgische Nationalbank – Cinq Cents Francs – Funfhundert Franken – Nationale Bank Van Belgie – Vijfhondred Frank



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Belgian Francs

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