Austrian Netherlands 1754(l) ducaton Dav-1281

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Jean Elsen sale 115, lot 1382
Flanders 1754b ducaton rev JElsen 115-1382.jpg
This specimen was lot 1382 in Jean Elsen sale 115 (Brussels, December 2012) where it sold for €190(about US$290 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"VLAANDEREN, Graafschap, Marie-Thérèse (1740-1780), AR ducaton, 1754, Bruges. Droit: B. drapé et diad. à droite, sans pendant d'oreille. Revers: Ecu couronné sur une croix de Bourgogne. Très Beau. (county of Flanders, Maria Theresia (1740-80), silver ducaton of 1754, Bruges mint. Obverse: draped and diademed bust to right without earring; reverse: crowned arms over a Burgundian cross. Very fine.)"
This type was struck in 1749-54 during the reign of Maria Theresia. The ducaton denomination was a holdover from Spanish rule in the seventeenth century and marks a resumption of coinage for the Austrian Netherlands, which had lapsed about 1706. It was replaced by the kronenthaler in 1755. Most were made in Antwerp (hand mintmark) but this specimen is one of the few struck in Bruges (lion mintmark). 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 rare.

Specification: silver; this specimen is 32.89 g.

Catalog reference: V.K., 57a; Delm-378; Haeck, 849, Dav-1281, KM 8.2.


  • 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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