Mijt: coin of Burgundian Netherlands (14th-16th centuries)

MIJT: COIN OF BURGUNDIAN NETHERLANDS

2 mijt (or mite), 1384-1404: Burgundian Netherlands

2 mijt (or mite), 1384-1404: Burgundian Netherlands

ND (no date).

Ruler: Philip the Bold — Duke of Burgundy, Count of Flanders, Artois and Burgundy.

MONETA FLANDRES: Currency (coin) of Flanders.

Cross pattée: type of Christian cross with arms that are narrow at the centre, and often flared in a curve or straight line shape, to be broader at the perimeter. A small cross on top of the main one.

PHILIPP DVX BVRIG: Phillip Duke of Burgundy.

Small heraldic shield from the coat of arms of Burgundian Netherlands (main elements — heraldic symbols of Burgundy and Flanders).

Almost every coin of this type clearly shows the imprint of the cross from the reverse on the obverse (a dent in the shape of a cross). — The result of the imperfection of the applied technology.

The coin was minted at several mints located in modern Belgium.

  • Copper: 20 mm - 0.8 g
  • Reference price: 20$

COIN MIJT (MITE) — WHERE & WHEN (coins catalog: by names & emitents)
  1. BURGUNDIAN NETHERLANDS (Brabant, Flanders: 14th-16th centuries): mijt = 3/2 maille = 1/24 groot = 1/48 stuiver
  2. SPANISH NETHERLANDS (Brabant, Flanders, Utrecht: 16th century)
  3. COUNTY OF HAINAUT; COUNTY OF NAMUR; COUNTY OF FLANDERS; DUCHY OF BRABANT; LORDSHIPS OF GERDINGEN AND STEIN; LORDSHIP OF RUMMEN; LORDSHIPS OF VOGELZANG, ZOLDER AND ZONHOVEN (14th-15th centuries)...

About the name of the coin mijt (myt): in English-language numismatic sources there are two variants of writing the denomination of this old Dutch coin — "mijt" and "mite". In fact, the second word is nothing more than a literal translation from Dutch into English the first word ("mite" /Dutch "mijt"/: small arthropods, a subclass of the class arachnids). The word "mijt" in ancient times the Dutch called their smallest coin.
About the "mijt" as a numismatic term: there is information that this is the word in the King James Bible (the lesson of the widow's mite or the widow's offering is presented in the Synoptic Gospels, in which Jesus is teaching at the Temple in Jerusalem) used to denote the ancient Greek small coin lepton.