Maybe you will be bitten by the world coin collecting bug! If you want to find other examples of high grade coins from the 16th and 17th century, there are plenty from places like Austria, Poland, and other German States.
Since you've probably not received it yet, the one you've just won is small (smaller than a dime, and quite thin). But you can find attractive coins from this era in this price range that are larger, too.
As pointed out by @erafjel, it is a great way to learn some world history that most of us in the U.S, were never taught in school.
I agree with erafjel, that this coin probably lived in a European collection for much of its life, or perhaps came to light when a hoard was uncovered more recently. Many U.S. collectors (like me) buy coins from Europe, so this is probably how it arrived here.
As for links between Besancon and the United States, by chance I know of one: there is a hamlet in northeastern Indiana named Besancon, because it was settled in the early 19th century by immigrants from Besancon France: https://www.midwestguest.com/2012/0...indiana.html
We drive near it a couple of times a year while headed to Fort Wayne, Indiana ... an area first settled by the French in the 1600s.
Edited by tdziemia
01/31/2020 11:46 am