Austria 1791-H kronenthaler Dav-1175

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Jean Elsen sale 115, lot 1440
Brabant 1791H thaler rev JElsen 115-1440.jpg
This specimen was lot 1440 in Jean Elsen sale 115 (Brussels, December 2012) where it sold for €80 (about US$122 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BRABANT, Duché, Léopold II (1790-1792), AR couronne, 1791 H, Günzburg. Type brabançon. Droit: Tête l. à droite. Revers: Croix de Bourgogne entre trois couronnes, ornée du bijou de la Toison d'or. Très Beau. (duchy of Brabant, Leopold II (1790-92), silver crown of 1791, Burgundian type, Gunzburg mint. Obverse: laureate bust to right; reverse: Burgundian cross between three crowns and jewels of the Order. Very fine.)"
This type was struck in 1790-92 at Vienna (Dav-1170) and Gunzburg (mintmark "H", shown here). As none were actually made in the Netherlands (the revolt of 1790 having closed the mint), we have followed Davenport in filing this issue under Austria. However, the SCWC follows the auctioneers in filing this under Austria, Austria-Netherlands. The Austrians lost Belgium to Revolutionary France in 1797. After the fall of Napoleon in 1815, Belgium passed to the king of the Netherlands.

Recorded mintage: unknown but somewhat scarce.

Specification: 29.44 g, .873 fine silver, .826 troy oz ASW; this specimen is 29.56 g.

Catalog reference: Jaeckel, 95; Her-42, Dav-1175, KM 42.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 115: Collection Huntington, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2012.

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