Exchange of Belgian banknotes

Banknotes in Belgian francs issued by the National Bank can be exchanged at the National Bank's counters under the terms and conditions specified below. Coins denominated in Belgian francs can no longer be exchanged.

  Notice
The National Bank of Belgium will stop its service of exchanging money by post as of 31 December 2015. Any postal item received after 1 January 2016 will be kept for the sender to collect at the counters of the National Bank's Central Cash Office in Brussels.

Belgian banknotes

There is no time limit by which banknotes issued by the National Bank since 1944 need to be exchanged. This also applies to certain banknotes of more than 100 francs denominated jointly in francs and belga, and to some rare banknotes issued prior to 1944.
Belgian 20-franc and 50-franc banknotes issued by the Treasury cannot be exchanged.

The banknotes can be exchanged.

  • either at the counters of the National Bank in Brussels, boulevard de Berlaimont 3, or in the regional branches;
  • or by sending them (maximum 20.000 BEF per month) to the following addressafter having filled the "Exchange belgian banknotes" document.

National Bank of Belgium
Central Cash Office
boulevard de Berlaimont 14
1000 Brussels
Belgium

Depending upon the case, the Central Cash Office exchanges the banknotes or credits the account of the depositor with the equivalent in euros.

Coins denominated in Belgian francs and ecu coins can no longer be exchanged.

Many banknotes or coins denominated in the former national currencies may still be exchanged at the counters of the respective national central banks. The European Central Bank’s website includes the conditions of exchange and relevant addresses.