LIEGE. Dixième d'une Action primitive de F1000. black, buff, pink. No 101212. Vignettes of scenes inside the zinc smelting plant. The zinc deposits, in Limburg, were known earlier than the Napoleonic period, but it was the emperor who promoted their exploitation. The concession was granted to a Liège chemist, who designed a furnace suitable for economic processing of the mineral. He sold it in 1813 to a Brussels Banker, Dominique Mosselman. He, together with the Banque de Belgique, founded this company in 1837. It soon acquired a worldwide reputation for zinc. The main mine was exhausted in 1884, and the last mine on the concession closed in 1937. A big name in the Belgian industrial history.
Themes: COALMINES, METAL & ENGINEERING, MINES (no gold, silver, coal)
Province: LIEGE, LIMBURG
Date: 15 April 1853
Startprice: € 200