Luxembourgian franc

Luxembourgian franc

Infobox Currency
currency_name_in_local = franc Luxembourgeois fr icon Luxemburger Franken de icon Lëtzebuerger Frang lb icon
image_title_1=1 Luxembourg franc 1990 obverse
image_width_1 = 113
image_title_2 = 1 Luxembourg franc 1990 reverse
image_width_2 = 113
iso_code = LUF
using_countries = LUX and BEL
pegged_with=Belgian franc at par
ERM_since = 13 March 1979
ERM_fixed_rate_since = 31 December 1998
euro_replace_non_cash = 1 January 1999
euro_replace_cash = 1 January 2002
ERM_fixed_rate = 40.3399 francs
subunit_ratio_1 = 1/100
subunit_name_1 = centime fr icon cent de icon
symbol = fr. or F
symbol_subunit_1 = c.
plural = francs fr icon Franken de icon Frang lb icon
plural_subunit_1 = centimes fr icon cent de icon
used_coins = 25c., 1, 5, 20, 50 fr. 1 [ Coins from Banque Centrale du Luxembourg]
used_banknotes = 100, 1000, 5000 fr.2 [ Banknotes from Banque Centrale du Luxembourg ]
issuing_authority = Banque Centrale du Luxembourg 3
issuing_authority_website =
printer = National Bank of Belgium4 Fact|date=February 2007
printer_website =
mint= National Bank of Belgium4 Fact|date=February 2007
mint_website =
obsolete_notice = Y
footnotes=1Belgian franc coins were also used 2Belgian franc notes (including 10,000 fr.) were also used 3 Institut Monétaire Luxembourgeois before 1998 4The National Bank of Belgium minted LUF coins and printed LUF notes for the Luxembourg central bank.
The franc (French, _lb. Frang, _de. Franken) was the currency of Luxembourg between 1854 and 1999 (except during the period 1941 and 1944). The franc remained in circulation until 2002, when it was replaced by the euro. During the period 1999-2002, the franc was "officially" a subdivision of the euro (1 euro = 40.3399 francs) but the euro did not circulate. The franc was subdivided into 100 centimes.

Under the principle of "no obligation and no prohibition", financial transactions could be conducted in EUR and LUF, but physical payments could only be made in LUF, as euro notes and coins were not available yet.


"For an earlier currency of Luxembourg, see Luxembourgish livre."

The conquest of most of western Europe by Revolutionary and Napoleonic France led to the French franc's wide circulation, including in Luxembourg. However, incorporation into the Netherlands in 1815 resulted in the Dutch gulden becoming Luxembourg's currency. Following Belgium's independence from the Netherlands, the Belgian franc was adopted in 1839 and circulated in Luxembourg until 1842 and again from 1848. Between 1842 and 1848, Luxembourg (as part of the German Zollverein) used the Prussian Thaler.

In 1854, Luxembourg began issuing its own franc, at par with the Belgian franc. The Luxembourg franc followed the Belgian franc into the Latin Monetary Union in 1865. In 1926, Belgium withdrew from the Latin Monetary Union. However, the 1921 monetary union of Belgium and Luxembourg survived, forming the basis for the full Belgium-Luxembourg Economic Union in 1932. In 1935, the link between the Luxembourg and Belgian francs was revised, with 1 Luxembourg franc = 1¼ Belgian francs.

In May 1940, the franc was pegged to the German Reichsmark at a rate of 4 francs = 1 Reichsmark. This was changed to 10 francs = 1 Reichsmark in July, 1940. On 26 August 1940, the Reichsmark was declared legal tender in Luxembourg and on 20 January 1941, the Reichsmark was declared the "only" legal tender and the franc was abolished. [] The Luxembourg franc was reestablished in 1944, once more tied to the Belgian franc at par.

The Luxembourg franc was fixed at 1 euro = 40.3399 francs on January 1, 1999. Euro coins and banknotes were introduced on January 1, 2002. Old franc coins and notes lost their legal tender status on February 28, 2002.

Use of Belgian franc

Between 1944 and 2002, 1 Luxembourg franc was equal to 1 Belgian franc. Belgian francs were legal tender inside Luxembourg and Luxembourg francs were legal tender in Belgium. Nevertheless, payment with Luxembourg banknotes were commonly denied by shopkeepers in Belgium, either by ignorance or by fear that their other customers would refuse the banknotes (again, either by ignorance or fear of being denied payment with it later), forcing them to go through the hassle of a trip to their bank to redeem the value of the banknote.

With a few early exceptions, the coins were identical in size, shape and composition. Although they had distinct designs, the coins circulated in both Luxembourg and Belgium.


The first coins were issued in 1854, in denominations of 2½, 5 and 10 centimes. In 1901, the bronze 5 and 10 centimes pieces were replaced by cupro-nickel coins. In 1915-1916, zinc 5, 10 and 25 centimes coins were issued by the occupying German forces. After the First World War, iron coins were issued in the same denominations before cupro-nickel was reintroduced in 1924, along with nickel 1 and 2 francs coins. The franc coins bore the inscription "Bon Pour", implying that they were tokens "good for" 1 or 2 francs. Such incriptions also appeared on contemporary French and Belgian coins.

In 1929, Luxembourg's first silver coins since the late 18th century were issued, 5 and 10 francs. Bronze 5, 10 (smaller than earlier issues) and 25 centimes and nickel 50 centimes were introduced in 1930. The last coins before World War II were cupro-nickel 25 centimes and 1 franc pieces issued in 1938 and 1939.

The first coins issued after the war were bronze 25 centimes and cupro-nickel 1 franc coins introduced in 1946. These were followed by cupro-nickel 5 francs in 1949. In 1952, the size of the 1 franc (€0.02)coin was reduced to match that of the Belgian 1 franc coin introduced in 1950. From this time on, all new Luxembourg coins matched the sizes and compositions of their Belgian counterparts, although the 25 centimes(€0.01) was not changed to match the Belgian coin introduced in 1964. In 1971, nickel 10 francs (€0.25)were introduced, followed by bronze 20 francs (€0.50)in 1980 and nickel 50 francs(€1.24) in 1987.


Before the First World War, notes were issued by the International Bank in Luxembourg and the National Bank, denominated in Thaler, Mark and, occasionally, francs, with an exchange rate of 1 franc = 80 Pfennig (the relative gold standards would have implied a rate of 1 franc = 81 Pfennig) used on bi-currency notes.

In 1914, State Treasury notes were issued. The first series was denominated in francs and Mark but these were the last Luxembourg notes to feature the German currency. Denominations were of 1, 2, 5, 25 and 125 francs (80 Pfennig, 1.6, 4, 20 and 100 Mark). In 1919, a second series of State Treasury notes was issued, with new denominations of 50 centimes and 500 francs. In 1923, the International Bank in Luxembourg issued the first of several types of 100 francs notes which continued until the 1980s. In 1932, the state introduced 50 francs notes, followed by 1000 francs in 1940.

In 1944, following liberation, the franc was reintroduced with a new series of notes in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 francs. The 5 francs notes were replaced by coins in 1949, followd by the 10 francs in 1971, the 20 francs in 1980 and the 50 francs in 1987.

In 1985, the Monetary Institute of Luxembourg took over paper money issuance from the government and issued the first post-war 1000 francs notes{€24.79}. These were followed by 100 francs notes{€2.48} in 1986 and 5000 francs {€123.95}in 1993.


ee also

*Luxembourgish euro coins
*Economy of Luxembourg

External links

Standard numismatics external links
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world_coin_gallery_1_name = Luxembourg
banknote_world_1_url = luxembourg
banknote_world_1_name = Luxembourg
dollarization_1_url =
dollarization_1_name =
gfd_1_url = Luxembourg
gfd_1_name = Luxembourg
gfd_data_1_url = 5784
gfd_data_1_name = Luxembourg Franc
show_gfd_excel = Y

* [ Overview of franc of Luxembourg from the BBC]

# 1999 by law, 2002 de facto.

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