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1966 Belgium 50 Francs Banknote 076971766

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This 1966 Belgium 50 Francs Treasury Note is a good collection filler but has been circulated.

The note has folds and some griming but nothing shows the condition better than the pictures.

If your looking to fill gaps in your world banknote collection then this one will not break the bank.

Please see the pictures and judge for yourself.

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1966 Belgium 50 Francs Treasury Note
Obverse: Portrait of King Baudouin (Boudewijn) I and Queen Fabiola in profile; Coat of arms.
Reverse: The Belgian Parliament Building in Brussels (Bruxelles).
Watermark: Effigy of King Baudouin in profile.
Work by: L. De Decker (obverse) and H. Schepers (reverse).
Engraved by: C. Leclercqz (obverse) and H. Decuyper (reverse).
Dimensions: 127 x 64 mm
Catalogue: Pick 139

History

When Belgium became independent in 1830 the National Congress chose a constitutional monarchy as the form of government. The Congress voted on the question on 22 November 1830, supporting monarchy by 174 votes to 13. In February 1831, the Congress nominated Louis, Duke of Nemours, the son of the French king Louis-Philippe, but international considerations deterred Louis-Philippe from accepting the honour for his son.

Following this refusal, the National Congress appointed Erasme-Louis, Baron Surlet de Chokier to be the Regent of Belgium on 25 February 1831. Leopold of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha was designated as King of the Belgians by the National Congress and swore allegiance to the Belgian constitution in front of Saint Jacob’s Church at Coudenberg Palace in Brussels on 21 July. This day has since become a national holiday for Belgium and its citizens.

The proper title of the Belgian monarch is King of the Belgians rather than King of Belgium. The title indicates a popular monarchy linked to the people of Belgium (i.e., a hereditary head of state; yet ratified by popular will), whereas King of Belgium would indicate standard constitutional or absolute monarchy linked to territory or state. For example, in 1830, King Louis Philippe was proclaimed King of the French rather than King of France. The Greek monarch was titled King of the Hellenes, indicating a personal link with the people, not just the state. Moreover, the Latin translation of King of Belgium would have been Rex Belgii, which, from 1815, was the name for the King of the Netherlands. Therefore, the Belgian separatists (i.e. the founders of Belgium) chose Rex Belgarum.

*All biographical details are taken from Wikipedia for education purposes only.

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