Brabant (1500-06) 1/2 florin d'or Fr-48

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Jean Elsen sale 138, lot 597
This specimen was lot 597 in Jean Elsen sale 138 (Brussels, September 2018), where it sold for €550 (about US$763 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BRABANT, Duché, Philippe le Beau (1482-1506), AV demi-florin au saint Philippe, s.d. (1500-1506), Anvers. Croisette initiale au revers. D/ Saint Philippe deb. de f., ten. devant lui l'écu couronné d'Autriche-Bourgogne. Avec S PHE en début de légende. R/ Croix fleuronnée cantonnée de deux couronnes et de deux lis, un lion en coeur. Rare Ponctuation par doubles croisettes. Très Beau. (duchy of Brabant, Philip the Fair, 1482-1506, undated gold half florin of St. Philip, Antwerp mint, initial cross on the reverse. Obverse: St. Philip facing, bearing the crowned shield of Austria-Burgundy, with S PHE at the beginning of the legend; reverse: floriated cross cantoned with two crowns and two fleurs-de-lys, a lion at the center. Rare, punctuated by double crosses, very fine.)"
This coin is variously catalogued as a half goldgulden or a half florin and was nominally equal to half a ducat. It was issued during the reign of Philip the Fair, son of Maximilian of Austria, and served as the transition between Burgundian and Hapsburg rule.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.75 g, .986 fine gold; the second specimen is 1,62 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-48; G.H. 116-1b; Delm. 87; W. 600.


  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 138, Collection A. BLONDEL, Collection M. HENDRICKX, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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