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This coin is even cooler than my last...

Admiral Mike-migration


... and older too. 528 years old.

This coin is by far (528 years far ago to be exact) my coolest coin. Look at the date !! The second numeral is called a "lazy four" as it is laying on its side. 1478. Fourteen years BEFORE Columbus took his voyage across the pond, the official minters in Belgium minted this "Briquet". Unlike charcoal (spelled differently too), one could make purchases with this handy little piece of official silver coinage.

The regular dating of coins didnt occur until 1506. Prior to that, dates were only put on the coins to commemerate a special event. In this case, it was the birth of King Philip 1st (1478). Later he was called King Philip the Handsome. What makes this coin even more interesting is the next time Belgium dated a coin was the year thier King Philip died... 1506, at the ripe old age of 28.

I purchased this coin from Treasures of Maryland for what works out to be 53 cents per year.




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