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½ Stuiver - Philip the Fair

½ Stuiver - Philip the Fair -  obverse½ Stuiver - Philip the Fair -  reverse

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Features

Country Burgundian Netherlands (Brabant)
Duke Philip the Handsome (1482-1506)
Type Standard circulation coin
Year 1489
Value 1/2 Stuiver = 1 Groot (1)
Currency Groot (1430-1506)
Composition Silver
Weight 1.64 g
Diameter 23 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
References GH# 85-1a,
Les Monnaies des Pays-Bas bourguignons et espagnols
by Enno Van Gelder, Marcel Hoc
(J. Schulman)
Levinson# II-113
The Early Dated Coins of Europe, 1234-1500
by Robert A. Levinson
(Coin & Currency Inst)

Obverse

Quartered arms of Burgundy - Brabant within circle

Lettering: Ph'I ARChIDVC AVSTRIE BVRG BRAB

Translation: Philip, Archduke of Austria, Burgundy and Brabant

Reverse

Floriate cross within circle, alternate lions and crowns in the angles

Lettering: MAXIMILIAn REX ROMAn PAT 1489

Translation: Maximilian, Holy Roman Emperor

Comments

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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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1489  Antwerp mint

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