1,75 Francs + 25 Centimes 1928 - Orval Abbey - Legend of Orval


1,75 Francs + 25 Centimes 1928 - Orval Abbey - Legend of Orval
Added by Bart Perdieus
General Description : There is a legend of the abbey's foundation, purporting to explain the name '"Orval" and the coat of arms. According to this, the widowed Mathilda of Tuscany was visiting the site, when she lost her wedding ring in a spring, to her great distress. When she prayed for the return of the ring, a trout appeared on the surface of the water with the ring in its mouth. She exclaimed "Truly this place is a Val d'Or (Golden Valley)", from which the name "Orval" is derived, and in gratitude made available the funds for the foundation of the monastery here. The abbey arms show the trout and ring. The spring still supplies water to the monastery and its brewery.
Material Gold
Face value 1,75 Francs + 25 Centimes
Catalog code (Michel) 239
Catalog code Belgian Stamps Catalog BE-262
Print run 297.548
Issue date 15/09/1928
Designer Anto Carte
Perforation 11 1/2
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