Max Hensley submitted this report on his recent visit to the National Bank of Belgium Museum. Thanks! -Editor
We spent 10 days in the Netherlands and Belgium and found some interesting numismatic museums. The first was the World of Money at the National Bank of Belgium. The NBB Museum
is located in Brussels at 57 Rue Montagne aux Herbes Potageres/Warmoesberg. It's an innocuous building in the city center and should not be confused with the gigantic National
Bank of Belgium a few blocks away, which for the public is merely a bank branch. I think the NBB is essentially their national central bank to the extent it has any powers after
the EU gets done with things.. Notwithstanding, they have a fine newly-remodeled money museum. There is a pedantic air about it, including cartoon graphics visible to children
explaining various facts about money. They start out with odd-and-curious money and then move forward from ancient to modern times. An unusual display is the original artwork for
Belgian currency, of course all antiques post-Euro.
It's free, open M - F 9 - 5. explanatory legends in Flemish, French and English. website http://www.nbbmuseum.be The Belgians are
crazy for chocolate in any form, a fetish I share. Chocolate and coins! What else is there?
I'm working on The E-Sylum and munching some chocolate chips as I write this Sunday morning, so I wholeheartedly agree. I swiped them from the bag in the kitchen
where my son had sprinkled some on his waffle. I'm 100% bought in to the studies by scientists funded by the wine and chocolate industries that this stuff is Good For You.
Anyway, here are Max's pictures. -Editor
Museum exterior; a typical exhibit case
LEFT: South Pacific currency made from bird feathers
RIGHT: Native American in Canada with copper sheet money
Coins of Syracuse and Cleopatra
LEFT: Money changers desk
RIGHT: "Money changer and spouse, with example of cartoon legend
Printing Belgian bank notes
Original artwork for Belgian 100 franc note
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Wayne Homren, Editor
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