Brussels, Belgium

Place Brussels, Belgium
Dates of operation 983-date
Official website https://finances.belgium.be/fr/monnaie-royale
See also Nomisma (brussels)
Wikidata (Q3321057)

Brussels, the capital of modern-day Belgium, was one of the important mints of the Duchy of Brabant and of the Southern Netherlands. The Royal Mint of Belgium has been located there since 1832.

The first minting Brvocsella, the old name of Brussels, probably took place in the name of Holy Roman Emperor Otto III (983-1002).

Subsequently, the counts of Leuven may have minted in Brussels during the reign of Count Henry I the Elder (1015-1038).

Godfried II (1139-1142) and Godfried III (1140-1190), the dukes of Brabant, have continued to operate the mint of Brussels. In the 13th century, anonymous pieces were minted in Brussels. In the following centuries, there was only occasional coinage by various dukes and Burgundian princes.

Independent issues occurred several times during turbulent times. In 1488-1489, during the revolt against Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I of Austria, guardian of Philip the Handsome, Duke of Burgundy. Square gold and silver emergency coins were minted during the Eighty Years' War in 1579-1580 and 1584.

The Brussels Mint only regained its importance during the reign of Archduke Albert VII and Isabella (1598-1621), especially after 1612, and it remained so until its conquest by the French in 1794. From 1758, Brussels was the only mint in the Southern Netherlands.

In 1790, the mint operated temporarily in the name of the United Belgian States.

After the French era, Brussels was the second mint of the Kingdom of the Netherlands from 1821-1830.

In 1832, the Royal Mint of Belgium (French: La Monnaie Royale de Belgique; Dutch: De Koninklijke Munt van België) was founded in Brussels and was responsible for minting all official coins of the Kingdom of Belgium from 1832 to 2017. As of 2018, the official legal tender of Belgium is the euro and all Belgian coins are contracted from the Netherlands. The Brussels mint still exists but no longer strikes coins. The mint mark, the angel head, is derived from the city patron, the Archangel Michael, and was used between 1612-1794. The letter B was sometimes used before 1612 and between 1821-1830. In the 20th century, the cherub's head was again introduced as a mintmark


Sources:
• Encyclopedie van munten en papiergeld
Royal Mint of Belgium, retrieved 2 October 2021 from Wikipedia.

Mintmark

Mintmark of Brussels

Coins produced in this mint

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