HAINAUT. BERNISSART. Action, unissued. blue. #11720. Folds and a few brown spots. While mining for coal in Bernissart (a small village in Hainaut) has a long history, going back to the early 18th century, the place is best known for the discovery in 1878, at a dept of 322m, of the largest find of Iguanodon remains to date. An Iguanodon was a large, bulky herbivore dinosaur (the second type of dinosaur ever discovered, 1822). The company - Charbonnages de Bernissart - of which we offer here a specimen share, was founded in 1890, a few years after the end of the excavations, to re-start the mining activities. This is the oldest share we have ever seen from this company. The mine finally closed in the 1970s.
Date: 31 March 1890
Startprice: € 120