Graafschap Henegouwen, Valenciennes dubbele Groot Vierlander

Philips de Goede (1433-1467)

Graafschap Henegouwen, Valenciennes dubbele Groot Vierlander
Graafschap Henegouwen, Valenciennes dubbele Groot Vierlander
60.00 VAT margin scheme
Article code16-1403
Voorzijde: Bourgondisch wapenschild.
Keerzijde: Lang gevoet kruis met monogram van Henegouwen in het hart, in de hoeken lelies en leeuwtjes.

3,01 g; 29,6 mm
VH 3.VA; VH H.3; vG&H 9.3

Obverse: Burgundian shield.
Reverse: Long cross with monogram of Hainaut in centre, lis and lions in the angles.

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Philip the Good (Filips de Goede or Philippe le Bon) became Duke of Burgundy after the assassination of his father John the Fearless (Jan zonder Vrees) in 1419. He was one of the most powerful and influential rulers of the fifteenth century.

In 1430 he created the Order of the Golden Fleece. For the order he chose his personal emblem: the fire-steel which later became a general Burgundian symbol. The emblem of the Golden Fleece and the Collar of the Golden Fleece has been used on many coins since then, it is a very popular design on Spanish coinage. Philip retained the coat of arms of his father John the Fearless, but replaced the single lis with a triple lis.

During his reign Philip tried to achieve a geographical unit and greatly expanded his territories by acquiring Namur, Brabant, Limburg, Hainaut, Holland, Zeeland and Luxemburg. To promote commerce and the economic development of his territories Philip the Good introduced a new and stable currency (1st  emission - Coinage Act, January 23rd 1433) for Flanders, Brabant, Holland and Hainaut. The name for the new silver coins 'Vierlander" refers to these four countries. The new system was based on the groat of Flanders and included the following coins:
Gold coins: Goudrijder (Gold Rider or Cavalier d'or) and 1/2 Cavalier d'or
Silver coins: Vierlander (double groat or patard), 1/2 vierlander (groat), 1/4 vierlander (1/2 groat) and 1/8 vierlander (1/4 groat)
Billon coins: double mite and mite.

With the 2nd Emission (Coinage Act - June 11th 1454) Philip introduced a new type gold coin: the gold lion.
The 3rd Emission (Coinage Act - May 23rd 1466) a uniform manufacture of the Burgundian guilder was ordered. In 1496 it was replaced with the St. Philippus guilder.


Period Middle Ages
Category Coins
Material Silver
Low Countries coins Henegouwen