Austrian-Netherlands 1779(b) souverain d'or Fr-137

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Jean Elsen sale 134, lot 1165
This specimen was lot 1165 in Jean Elsen sale 134 (Brussels, September 2017), where it sold for €2,600 (about US$4,801 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BRABANT, Duché, Marie-Thérèse (1740-1780), AV double souverain, 1779, Bruxelles. Troisième type. D/ B. voilé à d. R/ Ecu ovale d'Autriche-Bourgogne, couronné, sur une croix de Bourgogne. Rare Fines traces d'ajustage. Très Beau à Superbe. (Austrian Netherlands, duchy of Brabant, Maria Theresia, 1740-80, gold double souverain d'or of 1779, Brussels mint, third type. Obverse: Veiled bust to right; reverse: oval arms of Austrian-Burgundy over a Burgundian cross, crown above. Rare, minor adjustment marks. Very fine to extremely fine.)"
This type was struck 1767-80 with previous types struck 1749-66 (see Fr-134). The souverain d'or was struck under Maria Theresia's successors until 1798, when the Austrian Netherlands was occupied by the French. None are cheap. 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: 77,000.

Specification: 11.06 g, .919 fine gold; this specimen is 11,09 g.

Catalog reference: KM 25, W. 1137; Delm. 216; V.K. 24; Fr-137.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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 134, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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