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A fleur-de-Lys in Brabant?

We take a closer look at a coin issued by Henry I, Duke of Brabant (1190-1235). The obverse depicts the head and shoulders of the Duke of Brabant bearing arms, with his helmet, double-edged sword and lion shield. The lion, a symbol of power displayed on the weapons of the dukes of Brabant from the reign of Henry I, also appears on the reverse. An unusual feature of this silver coin weighing 0.81 grams is the fleur-de-lys adorning the duke’s helmet.