Sunday, March 15, 2020

0-euro notes : 1 d. Belgium : Brussels Koekelberg Basilica

When entering Brussels capital region from the western side, a large avenue runs from the exit of the highway towards the basilica of Koekelberg (Koekelberg is the name of the suburb where the church was built - although it is also on the territory of the suburb Ganshoren).

In 1905, Belgium celebrated the 75th birthday after it's independence. King Leopold II introduces the idea of building a sanctuary similar to the Sacré Coeur in Paris.
The idea was to build a huge church in neo gothic style, similar to lots of buildings in Bruges for example.
1905 design of Koekelberg Basilica
Under the rule of Leopold II, the building of the foundations of the church start. However, the death of the king in 1909 and the beginning of the first world war, brings the building to a stop.
After the war, there is not much money left and the whole project is stopped completely.
In 1926 a new architect, Albert Van Huffel, is asked to re-design the building, as the neo gothic style is considered to be old fashion. It takes till 1970 to complete the whole church in art deco style.
With a length of 164.5 m, it is the largest art deco building in the world, and the 5th longest church in the world.
In 1951 the curch was inaugurated and one year later 'upgraded' to 'basilica minor' by Pope Pius XII.
0 euro note Koekelberg Basilica - Brussels - 2018-1
Koekelberg Basilica Brussels
The note can be purchased inside the church, next to the elevator to the balcony.
From the balcony (52.8m), you have a superb view on Brussels and the surrounding area.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

0-euro notes : 1 c. Belgium : Bruges

Next 0-euro note I present you, is dedicated to the most visited city in the world (compared to its inhabitants - not in absolute numbers).
Bruges has a history that dates back to the 9th century. The origine of the name has nothing to do with bridges, although there are lots of bridges in the city.
More likely it is a combination of two words : the Celtic name for the river : Roggia / Ryggia (holy water) and the old Nordic name Bryggja (quay / landing stage).

Bruges was at its best in the 15th century when the Dukes of Burgundy changed their residence from Dijon in France to the centre of Bruges.
hotel Dukes' Palace 5* - Bruges
Now, part of the former residence of the dukes is 5 -star hotel. The only 5-star hotel in Flanders (Dutch speaking part of Belgium).

A 0-euro note was issued in 2018, depicting the most photographed place in Bruges.
0-euro note "Historic centre of Bruges" 2018-1
Rozenhoedkaai Bruges - the most photographed spot
In the middle of the picture, we see house with two equal facades. This is the hotel 'relais Bourgondisch Cruyse'. It is the hotel where Colin Farrell stayed in the movie 'in Bruges'.
A dark comedy about 2 criminals hiding in the medieval city. In the movie, Collin jumps out of the window into a passing tourist boat.
Relais Bourgondisch Cruyse - Bruges
screenshot from the movie 'In Bruges'
On the front side of this hotel, in a street named 'Wollestraat', we find the Bruges' beer wall.
An amazing wall, displaying several hundreds of Belgian beers (bottle + glass).
This 'beer wall' issued a 0-euro note as well, with more or less the same image as the note above.
We see a bit more of the terrace of the beerwall (next to the hotel just mentionned), and an additional picture of a part of the beer wall.
0-euro beer wall note - 2019-1
Bruges' Beer Wall (part)
At the entrance of the Beer Wall, you'll find a vending machine for the beer wall note.
Meanwhile, enjoy a Belgian beer on the superb terrace too.

to be continued...

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The world of Mujand (fantasy notes) - 03 e Amotekunia (Lothandizia)

In the heart of the Lothandizia continent, we find Amotekunia.
Amotekunia in Lothandizia
Although this is a large territory, only 2 notes were issued: 50 and 100 Nemaz.
The currency is the 'Nemaz', which happens to mean 'nothing at all' in Latvian.
The notes are dedicated to the birds (one side) and the bees (other side).
front side of 50 Nemaz
reverse side of 50 Nemaz
front side of 100 Nemaz
reverse side of 100 Nemaz
The notes have numbers 81 and 83 - which means they were issued in 2 separate moments.
Under the text 'Amotekunia Banka' we see : 'Naudas Zíme' (money note) and in the upper left corner on the front : 'Retáká valúta' (strange currency).
On the right side of the front, we find the text : "Latvijas valdiba augstu vérté so valútu, un tá tas ir".
This means that the Latvian Govermnent values this currency highly, and so it is.
Above the signatures, we read (in Latvian) : Galvenais kasieris (Chief Cashier) and Banka Prezidents (Bank's president).
more to follow...

Sunday, March 1, 2020

The world of Mujand (fantasy notes) - 03 d Sima Senco (Lothandizia)

A new country on Lothandizia, which I present today is Sima Senco.
Although it doesn't mean anything, Sima Senco sounds Italian.
The currency on Sima Senco is 'Senza', which is Italian for 'without'
Sima Senco map
The 'country' of Sima Senco has dedicated its notes to Art and Science of Sima Senco.
Dedicated to the Art and Science of Sima Senco (it)
There are many Italian references on the notes :
detail 100 Senza
Pagabili a vista al portetore (it) : payable on demand to the bearer

Tessoreria dello stato autorita rilasciante (it) : state treasury issuing authority

There are - only - 4 notes in this set (nrs : 068 - 071) Serie K (2016).

20 and 50 Senza
20 and 50 Senza (front)
20 and 50 Senza (back)
100 and 500 Senza
100 and 500 Senza (front)
100 and 500 Senza (back)
Some details on the notes, dedicated to Art and Science :
the 'nerve weakner'
the Circandian stabilizer
the matter destabilisator
to be continued ...

Monday, February 17, 2020

The world of Mujand (fantasy notes) - 03 c Andaqesh (Lothandizia)

We continue our journey through the world of Blissdane Naïve, and stay on the Lothandizia continent, for the next country: Andaqesh.
Andaqesh (Lothandizia)
The notes in this set (7) are notes 024 - 030. (Serie D - 2014).

Each note has a reference to a time related word : "Tempo, passato, presente, futuro, eternita, realta, fantasia"... or Time, past, present, future, eternity, reality, fantasy...

Andaqesh city is 'the birth place of time travel', and so it is written on their notes : "Luogo di Nascita del Viaggio nel Tempo". No need to say that inspiration was found in Italy.
Despite this, they could not prevent some inflation of their currency, as the denominations start at 1000 finto and ends in 500,000 finto. ('Finto' is italian for 'fake, false').
7 notes with high denomitations
 1,000 - 5,000 and 10,000 Finto
25,000 and 50,000 Finto
100,000 and 500,000 Finto

Andaqesh nation was named after their ruler : Queen Anya Qesh, therefore the bank's name is Qeshing Bank (or is it Cashing bank?).

Not much hidden texts on these notes, but a wise lesson for life on the back of each note :
To save time is to lengthen life ....

back side of Andaqesh notes
to be continued...

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The world of Mujand (fantasy notes) - 03 b Kuninganna (Lothandizia)

We continue our story on Lothandizia, where we find the Kuningana Territory.
Kuninganna happens to mean Queen in Estonian.
Kuninganna Territory
This territory issued 8 notes,from 5 till 1000 Fusto. An 'uncommon currency' according the notes.
5 -10 and 25 Fusto. They represent notes 039 to 046 in the set.
 50 - 100 and 200 Fusto
and 500 - 1000 Fusto

On the front side of each note, we see a girl harvesting.

The left border shows a word, that is repeated on some notes: Talv, Pööripäev, Kevad, Pööripäev, Suvi, Pööripäev, Sügis and once more Pööripäev.
The same words can be found under the denomintation, together with the text : "Vilja Koristama".
"Vilja Koristama" = to harvest the fruit.
5 Fusto with 'Vilja Koristama Talv'
The harvesting images reveal that these notes are related to the seasons. And with some knowledge of the Estonian language, we can find out that it represents:  Winter - equinox - Spring - solstice - Summer - equinox - Autumn - solstice
border text on the Kuninganna notes 5 - 1000
Even without knowledge of the Estonian language, the translation in English, of the above terms, are hidden on the notes.
The script lettertype makes it hard to read, but with some effort, you can read it:
8 Kuninganna notes referring to the seasons
solstice is a bi-annual astronomical event, around June 21 and December 21, when the Sun's apparent position in the sky reaches its northernmost or southernmost extremes.
An equinox is a bi-annual astronomical event, around 20 March and 23 September. It is the moment at which the center of the visible Sun is directly above the equator.
table of equinoxes / solstices on Earth - picture Wikipedia
In the table above, we see the equinoxes and solstices on Earth... Info on the same events on Blissdane Naïve, were not availble on

to be continued...