PMG's Featured Note of the Month: Belgium 200 Francs

Posted on 4/23/2024

For International Jazz Day, we’re spotlighting a note that pays tribute to the saxophone and its inventor.

Belgium, Banque Nationale ND (1995) 200 Francs graded PMG 68 Superb Gem Uncirculated EPQ
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Country: Belgium

Catalog Number: 148

Date: ND (1995)

Denomination: 200 Francs

Varieties: The PMG Population Report records Specimens (148s).

What makes it special? The front of the note shows Adolphe Sax, a Belgian musician, and the saxophone, which Sax invented in the 1840s. People playing the saxophone are shown on the back of the note. The saxophone has become strongly associated with jazz music, and International Jazz Day is celebrated on April 30.

Did you know? In addition to the saxophone, Sax invented other instruments, including the saxotromba, saxhorn and saxtuba. He also developed innovations for the bass clarinet, bugle and clarinet. Sax was born in Dinant, and the front of the note portrays the city, highlighted by the belltower of the Collegiate Church of Notre Dame de Dinant.

Total graded by PMG: As of early April, the PMG Population Report includes 209 examples of Pick# 148 and five Specimens.

PMG median grade: PMG 66 Gem Uncirculated EPQ

PMG highest graded: The PMG Population Report lists 10 examples of Pick# 148 in PMG 68 Superb Gem Uncirculated EPQ.

Sales highlights: Examples can be found for under $100. For example, a note graded PMG 67 Superb Gem Uncirculated EPQ sold for $86 through eBay in March 2024.

PMG Registry: This note is part of several Belgium categories in the PMG Registry, including the most popular: Belgium Complete, 1905-1997, P67-P152 where the second-place set, Taiwan0928's Banknotes of Belgium, has a Pick# 148 graded PMG 68 Superb Gem Uncirculated EPQ. It is also part of Banque Nationale De Belgique Set, P67-P152, which is led by Taiwan0928's Banque Nationale De Belgique Set, P67-P152, which uses the same note.

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