101747 | BELGIUM. Luik (Liège). St. Lambert's bronze Méreau.

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    101747  |  BELGIUM. Luik (Liège). Chapter of St. Lambert's Cathedral bronze Méreau or Communion Token. Dated 1686. Used for the receiving of food during feast day celebrations (20mm, 11h).

     

    ANNIVERSARIVM, skull and crossbones / ECCLESI LEODI, crossbones between two flames. Edge: Plain.

     

    De Renesse pl. LXXII, 5. Graded NGC AU-55. Charming brown surfaces, with some lighter highlights. An ever-increasingly popular type. *The bit of bluriness in the photos is due to the slab and the interference with glare. Please refer to the video for a more in-hand appearance.*

     

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    St. Lambert served at the Bishop of Maastricht and later, Liège, where he is celebrated as a martyr and patron saint, having defended the fidelity of marriage and not succumbing to Merovingian politics. Though buried at Maastricht, his successor, St. Hubertus, had his relics removed and enshrined at Liège. These méreaux from the cathedral form a series of five issues involving a "death's head," spanning, for the most part, the 17th century.

     

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