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5 Francs, 1943 (1944)

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50 Francs, 1966

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Front: King Baudouin (1930-1993), King of Belgium 1951-1993 and Queen Fabiola (1928-), Queen consort of King Baudouin I

Back: Parliament building in Brussels


Parliament building

Parliament building

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100 Francs, (1982-94)

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Front: Hendrik Beyaert (1823-1894), architect

Back: Geometric design


100 Francs, (1995-2001)

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Front: James Ensor (1860-1949), Belgian expressionist painter

Ensor was born in Ostend, Belgium and lived there all his life except for three years spent at the Brussels Academy. His early works were in the traditional style, deep colors enriched by a subdued but vibrant light.

In the mid-1880s, Ensor turned toward avant-garde themes and styles. Portraying individuals as clowns or skeletons or replacing their faces with carnival masks, he represented humanity as stupid, smirking, vain, and loathsome. He deliberately used harsh, garish colors and violent, broken brushstrokes to heighten the violent effect of his subjects. His style paved the way for surrealism and expressionism.

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Masks & Death Painting by James Ensor

Masks & Death Painting by James Ensor

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200 Francs, (1995)

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Front: Adolphe Sax (1814-1894), musical instrument maker and inventor of saxophone

Adolphe Sax was born in Dinant, Belgium, son of a musical instrument designer. Early in life, Aldolphe began to experiment with new instrument designs. His first important invention was an improved bass clarinet, which he patented at the age of 20.

Adolphe moved to Paris in 1841 and began work on a new set of instruments. The best-known instrument, which now carries his name, is the saxophone.

Back: saxophone players, church and houses in Dinant

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Belgium, located in northwest Europe, derived it's name from the Celtic tribe called Belgae. Belgae eventually capitulated to Rome and remained for centuries as part of the Roman Empire known as Belgica. It was united with the Netherlands in 1815. Gained independence and established constitutional monarchy in 1830. For a more detailed country profile, see CIA World Factbook on Belgium.

Beginning on January 1, 2002 Euro becomes the official currency for Belgium.




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