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Encyclopedia > Belgian franc
Belgian franc
Belgische frank (Dutch)
franc belge (French)
Belgischer Franken (German)
100 Belgian franc 5 Belgian franc
100 Belgian franc 5 Belgian franc
ISO 4217 Code BEF
User(s) Belgium, Luxembourg
ERM
Since 13 March 1979
Fixed rate since 31 December 1998
Replaced by €, non cash 1 January 1999
Replaced by €, cash 1 January 2002
= 40.3399 francs
Subunit
1/100 centiem (Dutch)
centime (French)
centime (German)
Symbol fr.
centiem (Dutch)
centime (French)
centime (German)
c.
c.
Plural franken (rarely used) (Dutch)
francs (French)
centiem (Dutch)
centime (French)
centime (German)
centiemen (Dutch)
centimes (French)
Coins
Freq. used 1, 5, 20, 50 fr.
Rarely used 50 c.
Banknotes
Freq. used 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 fr.
Rarely used 10000 fr.
Central bank National Bank of Belgium
Website www.nbb.be
This infobox shows the latest status before this currency was rendered obsolete.

The Belgian franc (Dutch : Belgische frank - French : franc belge - German : Belgischer Franken) was the currency of Belgium, before the adoption of the euro. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (842x955, 170 KB) La bildo estas kopiita de wikipedia:fr. ... Image File history File links Belgio_5_franchi. ... The European exchange rate mechanisms (or ERM) was a system introduced by the European Community in March 1979, as part of the European Monetary System (EMS), to reduce exchange-rate variability and achieve monetary stability in Europe, in preparation for Economic and Monetary Union and the introduction of a single... March 13 is the 72nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (73rd in leap years). ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Old Farts by the Sometimes-United Nations. ... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... ISO 4217 Code EUR User(s) European Union; eurozone: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain; outside eurozone: Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City, Montenegro, Kosovo, French Guiana, Réunion, Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte. ... Look up Plural in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Plural is a grammatical number, typically referring to more than one of the referent in the real world. ... The National Bank of Belgium (Nationale Bank van België in Dutch, Banque nationale de Belgique in French, and Belgischen Nationalbank in German) has been the central bank of Belgium since 1850. ... ISO 4217 Code EUR User(s) European Union; eurozone: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain; outside eurozone: Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City, Montenegro, Kosovo, French Guiana, Réunion, Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte. ...

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History

The conquest of most of western Europe by revolutionary and Napoleonic France led to the French franc's wide circulation. In the Austrian Netherlands (now Belgium), the franc replaced the kronenthaler. This was in turn replaced by the Dutch gulden when the Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed. European redirects here. ... French Franc. ... Originally the term Netherlands referred to a much larger entity than the current Kingdom of the Netherlands. ... The Kronenthaler was the currency of the Austrian Netherlands (modern Belgium). ... The gulden (sometimes called guilder in English), represented by the symbol Æ’ or fl. ...


Following independence from the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the new Kingdom of Belgium in 1832 adopted its own franc, equivalent to the French one, followed by Luxembourg in 1848 and Switzerland in 1850. Newly-unified Italy adopted the lira on a similar basis in 1862. 1832 was a leap year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... 1848 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1850 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... 1862 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ...


In 1865 France, Belgium, Switzerland and Italy created the Latin Monetary Union (to be joined by Greece in 1868): each would possess a national currency unit (franc, lira, drachma) worth 4.5 g of silver or 290.322 mg of fine gold, all freely exchangeable at a rate of 1:1. In the 1870s the gold value was made the fixed standard, a situation which was to continue until 1914. 1865 (MDCCCLXV) is a common year starting on Sunday. ... The Latin Monetary Union (1865-1927) was a 19th century attempt to unify several European currencies into a single currency that could be used in all the member states, at a time when most national currencies were still made out of gold and silver. ... 1868 (MDCCCLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Friday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... General Name, Symbol, Number gold, Au, 79 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 11, 6, d Appearance metallic yellow Atomic mass 196. ... 1870 (MDCCCLXX) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday. ...


In 1926, Belgium, as well as France, experienced depreciation and an abrupt collapse of confidence, leading to the introduction of a new gold currency for international transactions, the belga worth 5 francs, and the country's withdrawal from the monetary union, which ceased to exist at the end of the year. The belga was tied to the British pound at a rate of 35 belgas (175 francs) = 1 pound and was thus put on a gold standard of 1 belga = 209.211 mg fine gold. The 1921 monetary union of Belgium and Luxembourg survived, however, forming the basis for full economic union in 1932. In 1935, the Belgian franc was devalued by 28% to 150.632 mg fine gold and the link between the Luxembourg and Belgian francs was revised to 1 Luxembourgish franc = 1¼ Belgian francs. 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... For details of notes and coins, see British coinage and British banknotes. ... This article is on the monetary principle. ... 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will take you to a full 1932 calendar). ...


Following Belgium's occupation by Germany in May, 1940, the franc was fixed at a value of 0.5 Reichsmark, reduced to 0.4 Reichsmark in July, 1940. Following liberation in 1944, the franc entered into the Bretton Woods system, with an initial exchange rate of 43.77 francs = US dollar set on October 5. This was changed to 43.8275 in 1946 and then to 50 following the devaluation of the British pound in September 1949. A 100 Reichsmark banknote from Germany of 1935 (http://www. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... October 5 is the 278th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (279th in Leap years). ...


Like the French franc, the Belgian/Luxembourgish franc ceased to exist in January 1, 1999, when it became fixed at 1 EUR= 40.3399 BEF/LUF, thus a franc was worth 0.024789 €. Old franc coins and notes lost their legal tender status in February 28, 2002. The franc was the currency of Luxembourg between 1854 and 1999 (except during the period 1940 and 1944). ... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Old Farts by the Sometimes-United Nations. ... Legal tender or forced tender is payment that cannot be refused in settlement of a debt denominated in the same currency by virtue of law. ... February 28 is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Use of Luxembourgish francs in Belgium

1 Luxembourgish franc was equal to 1 Belgian franc. Both francs were legal tender in the two countries. Nevertheless, payment with Luxembourgish banknotes were commonly denied by shopkeepers in Belgium, either by ignorance or by fear that their other customers would refuse the banknotes (again, either by ignorance or fear of being denied payment with it later), forcing them to go through the hassle of a trip to their bank to redeem the value of the banknote.


Coins

The denominations of the Belgian franc in previously circulation are: A denomination is a unit of currency. ...

Previously Circulating Coins
Image Value Diameter Weight Composition Obverse Reverse First Minted Obsolete
25 centimes 16 mm 2.00 g Cu : 75 %
Ni : 25 %
??  ?? 1964 1980
50 centimes 50 centimes 19 mm 2.75 g Cu : 95 %
Sn : 3 %
Zn : 3 %
??  ?? 1952 2002
1 franc 1 franc 21 mm 4.00 g Cu : 75 %
Ni : 25 %
??  ?? 1950  ??
1 franc 1 franc 18 mm 2.75 g Fe : 94 %
Ni : 6 %
??  ?? 1988 2002
5 francs 5 francs 24 mm 6.00 g Cu : 75 %
Ni : 25 %
??  ?? 1948  ??
5 francs 5 francs 24 mm 5.50 g Cu : 92 %
Al : 6 %
Ni : 2 %
??  ?? 1986 2002
10 francs 27 mm 8.00 g Ni : 100 % ??  ?? 1969 1985
20 francs 20 francs 25.65 mm 8.50 g Cu : 92 %
Ni : 6 %
Al : 2 %
??  ?? 1980 2002
50 francs 22.75 mm 7.00 g Ni : 100 % ??  ?? 1987 2002

Image File history File links Belgium_07. ... Image File history File links Belgium_04. ... Image File history File links Belgium_08. ... Image File history File links Belgium_02. ... Image File history File links Belgium_06. ... Image File history File links Belgium_05. ...

Banknotes

Set taken out of circulation on 1 January 2002

Earlier notes James Sidney Ensor, Baron Ensor (April 13, 1860–November 19, 1949), was a Belgian painter whose unique portrayals of grotesque humanity made him a principal precursor of 20th-century expressionism and surrealism. ... Life-size statue of Adolphe Sax outside his birthplace in Dinant, Belgium. ... This is not a pipe. ... Constant Permeke (1886 — 1952) is a Belgian painter who is considered the leading figure of Flemish expressionism. ... Maison and Atelier Horta, designed in 1898, now houses the Horta Museum, dedicated to his work. ... Albert II, King of the Belgians (Albert Félix Humbert Théodore Chrétien Eugène Marie), (born June 6, 1934), is the current King of the Belgians and a constitutional monarch. ... HM The Queen Queen Paola Paola, born Princess Dona Paola Ruffo di Calabria, born September 11, 1937) is the queen consort of Albert II of Belgium. ...

Baudouin I, King of the Belgians, (Baudouin/Boudewijn Albert Charles Léopold Axel Marie Gustave) (7 September 1930 – 31 July 1993), reigned as King of the Belgians from 1951 to 1993. ... Baudouin I, King of the Belgians, (Baudouin/Boudewijn Albert Charles Léopold Axel Marie Gustave) (7 September 1930 – 31 July 1993), reigned as King of the Belgians from 1951 to 1993. ... Queen Fabiola of Belgium (born June 11, 1928) was the Spanish-born Queen consort of King Baudouin I of the Belgians, until the Monarchs death in 1993. ...

See also

Belgian euro coins feature only a single design for all eight coins: the portrait or effigy of King Albert II of Belgium and his royal monogram. ... The Belgium-Luxembourg Economic Union (BLEU) was created by a treaty signed on 25 July 1921 between Belgium and Luxembourg. ...

External links

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Preceded by:
Dutch gulden
Belgian currency
1832-1999
Succeeded by:
Euro


Image File history File links Commons-logo. ... Wikimedia Commons logo by Reid Beels The Wikimedia Commons (also called Commons or Wikicommons) is a repository of free content images, sound and other multimedia files. ... The gulden (sometimes called guilder in English), represented by the symbol ƒ or fl. ... 1832 was a leap year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Old Farts by the Sometimes-United Nations. ... ISO 4217 Code EUR User(s) European Union; eurozone: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain; outside eurozone: Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City, Montenegro, Kosovo, French Guiana, Réunion, Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte. ...

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ERM II Cypriot pound | Danish krone | Estonian kroon | Latvian lats | Lithuanian litas | Maltese lira | Slovak koruna | Slovenian tolar
Other EU British pound | Czech koruna | Gibraltar pound | Hungarian forint | Polish złoty | Swedish krona
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