101099 | NETHERLANDS. Maastricht. Lead Funeral Token (Begrafenisloodje).
101099 | NETHERLANDS. Maastricht. Chapter of St. Servatius's Church lead Funeral Token (Begrafenisloodje). Issued 1828. Receipt for funerary expenses or as a funerary commemorative (28mm, 12.45 g, 12h).
Skull and crossbones / ECCLESIÆ STI SERVATII, upright key. Edge: Plain.
Cf. Minard p. 196, 359 (cancellation punch on the reverse). Mint State. Light gray surfaces, with some brilliance remaining in the protected areas. A very rare and engaging type.
Begrafenisloodje served multiple roles in the Low Countries during the 16th-19th centuries, acting as payment for gravediggers and pallbearers or other funerary expenses, or acting as a commemorative for the funeral of the deceased—either to those attending the ceremonies or to the respective church in remembrance of the departed. Where they were utilized to indicate payment, a punch was generally placed upon one or both sides to act as a form of "cancellation" for the services rendered and payment received.
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