LIMBURG. BRUXELLES. Action, specimen. orange, black. #24240. Picturesque piece, with a drawing of a busy coal-mining scene at the bottom, a border of miner’s tools and lamps, and leaves. Underprint of miner's lamps, which reaches on to the coupons. There has never been very much coal exploitation in the Netherlands. However, right to the Dutch-German border in South-East Limburg lies the small village of Eygelshoven (today part Kerkrade). Around 1850, coal was discovered there, but not yet exploited. It took until 1899, when the Belgian investment bank Société Générale de Belgique founded this Charb. réunis Laura & Vereeniging. Coal was dug on a depth of 120 to 700m through 4 shafts, divided over two mines, named Laura and Julia. The first closed in 1968, the second in 1974. Overall, almost 32 million ton of coal had been extracted. Extremely rare, issued or unissued.
Themes: COALMINES, MINES (other than coal, gold)
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