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1655, Spanish Netherlands. Copper "Charles de Locquenghien, Brussels Canal Intendant" Medal.

Mint Place Brussels Reference: Dugn. 4081.  Mint Year: dually dated, struck 1655  Denomination: Medal  - Charles de Locquenghien,  Intendant of the Brussels Canal. Condition: An old hit (possibly a cancellation mark) at 12 o'clock (obverse), otherwise about XF! Material: Copper Diameter: 30mm Weight: 5.97gm

Obverse: Dutch sailship left. A divine hand in right field, holding a probe and a compass. Date (1550) of the cornerstone laying (under mayor Jean de Locquenghien, Lord of Melsbroeck, a relative of the current canal intendant) of the maritime canal from Brussels to Scheldt below. Legend: INVENTAS TVTA PER VNDAS Exergue: 1550 

Reverse: Coat-of-arms topped by two helmets and flanked by a male and a female half-nude woodwoose, which are holding a club and flags. Date (16-55) split below.

Jetons were widely used by government institutions such as state treasuries, revenue services and the bureos, stewardship courts or councils that supervised the royal family´s finances and internal affairs. The production of jetons for such institutions was standardised and regulated. WIn time, they ceased to be used for accounting purposes and became mere instruments of political propaganda.

Jean de Locquenghien, Lord of Melsbroeck, born January 27, 1517 or 1518, died in 1573 or 1574, was alderman, mayor and amman of Brussels1,2. On June 16, 1550, as mayor of Brussels, he laid the groundwork for the construction of the maritime canal from Brussels to the Scheldt.

The Brussels Canal (French: canal de Bruxelles, Dutch: kanaal van Brussel) is a section of waterway in Belgium. It generally refers to the northernmost portion of the Brussels Charleroi Canal (from Ninove gate to Sainctelette) and the southernmost section of the Brussels – Scheldt Maritime Canal or Willebroek canal (between Sainctelette and the Vergote dock).

The Brussels canal divides the municipality of Brussels-City from Molenbeek, forming the border between them. Previously (before the 19th century, when the canal was dug) there used to be a Willebroek canal which through a series of locks eventually reached the Brussels harbor inside the city. Also there used to be a small canal connecting the Willebroek canal along the western portion of the old defensive walls of the city of Brussels to the two arms of the river Senne, which were later was covered over and the entire river redirected underground for its entire course within inner Brussels. In the 20th century even the underground course of the river was altered and the city center river bedding was dried, the water redirected away from the center and moved along the western side of the inner ring road - thus also along the Brussels Canal.

The Brussels canal features several turning basins in its urban course. As part of multiple public works projects, including the covering of the Senne river, excess water from the underground flowing Senne is drained into the canal.

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