Exchanging Belgian banknotes

You can exchange your old Belgian banknotes free of charge at the National Bank. The conditions are set out below.

Belgian banknotes

Standard exchange
Amount < 3000 EUR / 120 000 BEF
Charges Free
Conditions All banknotes issued by the National Bank after 1944  
A few rare denominations issued before 1944
Some banknotes with a value of more than 100 BEF denominated in both francs and belgas
See: list of banknotes that can be exchanged
Payment At the National Bank counters
Immediately in cash
 N.B. Belgian banknotes with a value of between 20 and 50 BEF issued by the Treasury cannot be exchanged.
See: list of banknotes that cannot be exchanged
Exchange with declaration of origin
Amount ≥ 3000 EUR / 120 000 BEF
Frais Free
Conditions All banknotes issued by the National Bank after 1944 
A few rare denominations issued before 1944
Some banknotes with a value of more than 100 BEF denominated in both francs and belgas
See: list of banknotes that can be exchanged
Payment < 10 000 EUR (400 000 BEF): immediately at the counter 
≥  10 000 EUR (400 000 BEF): postponed
In cash (transfer to an account is not possible)
 N.B. A declaration of origin must be completed.
Belgian banknotes with a value of between 20 and 50 BEF issued by the Treasury cannot be exchanged.
See: list of banknotes that cannot be exchanged
Exchange by post
Amount No more than 120 000 BEF per person per month
Charges Free
Conditions All banknotes issued by the National Bank after 1944 
A few rare denominations issued before 1944
Some banknotes with a value of more than 100 BEF denominated in both francs and belgas
See: list of banknotes that can be exchanged
Payment The corresponding value is transferred to your bank account.
 N.B. Send the banknotes together with a completed and signed form, a copy of the requester’s identity card, and the name and bank details of the actual recipient to the following address: Central Cash Office, Boulevard de Berlaimont 14, 1000 Brussels. Belgian banknotes with a value of between 20 and 50 BEF issued by the Treasury cannot be exchanged.
See: list of banknotes that cannot be exchanged.

Belgian coins

It is no longer possible to exchange Belgian franc or ecu coins.

Foreign currency

Many banknotes and coins of other euro area countries can still be exchanged at the counters of the national central bank concerned. The European Centrale Bank’s website sets out the conditions and addresses.