HAINAUT. BERNISSART. Action, unissued. red, green. While mining for coal in Bernissart (a small village in Hainaut) has a long history, going back to the early 18th century, the place is best known for the discovery in 1878, at a dept of 322m, of the largest find of Iguanodon remains to date. An Iguanodon is a large, bulky herbivore dinosaur (the second type of dinosaur ever discovered, 1822). Mining engineer Alphonse Briart and scientist Louis de Pauw discovered between 1878 and 1882 no less than 38 species. 31 of them are up till today on exhibit in the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels. They form the central part of what is said to be the biggest display of dinosaur skeletons in the world. The company - Charbonnages de Bernissart - of which we offer here a specimen share, was founded in 1890, a few years after the end of the excavations, to restart the mining activities. This is the oldest share we have ever seen from this company. The mine finally closed in the 1970s. The share is particular attractive in a usual way: there's an almost full page large underprint of the skeleton of an Iguanodon dinosaur as found in the Bernissart mines. Impressive, as only dinosaurs can be.
Startprice: € 300