½ Stuiver - Philip the Fair
|Country||Burgundian Netherlands (Brabant)|
|Duke||Philip the Handsome (1482-1506)|
|Type||Standard circulation coin|
|Value||1/2 Stuiver = 1 Groot (1)|
|Orientation||Medal alignment ↑↑|
Les Monnaies des Pays-Bas bourguignons et espagnolsLevinson# II-113
by Enno Van Gelder, Marcel Hoc
The Early Dated Coins of Europe, 1234-1500
by Robert A. Levinson
(Coin & Currency Inst)
Quartered arms of Burgundy - Brabant within circle
Lettering: Ph'I ARChIDVC AVSTRIE BVRG BRAB
Translation: Philip, Archduke of Austria, Burgundy and Brabant
Floriate cross within circle, alternate lions and crowns in the angles
Lettering: MAXIMILIAn REX ROMAn PAT 1489
Translation: Maximilian, Holy Roman Emperor
Philip was a pivotal figure in European history. His mother, Marie of Burgundy, inherited the duchies of Burgundy, Brabant and other parts of the Low Countries when her father died in 1477. She married emperor Maximilian, and Philip, as her only son, inherited her lands at the age of 3 when she died died in 1482.
Philip's father, Maximilian acted as regent until he came of age, so we see his name on the reverse of this coin.
Philip would go on to marry Joanna of Castile, and become the first sovereign to rule over the combined Burgundian, Austrian and Spanish lands before his untimely death in 1506.
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