Austrian Netherlands 1754-R ducaton Dav-1280

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Jean Elsen sale 133, lot 787
This specimen was lot 787 in Jean Elsen sale 133 (Brussels, June 2017), where it sold for €380 (about US$502 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BRABANT, Duché, Marie-Thérèse (1740-1780), AR ducaton, 1754, Anvers. D/ B. dr. et diad. à d., sans pendant d'oreille. R/ Ecu couronné sur une croix de Bourgogne. Fines griffes et traces d'ajustage. Très Beau à Superbe. (duchy of Brabant, Maria Theresia, 1740-80, silver ducation of 1754, Antwerp mint. Obverse: draped and diademed bust to right, without earring; reverse: crowned arms over a Burgundian cross. Fine scratches and adjustment marks, very fine to extremely 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. 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: 299,000.

Specification: silver; this specimen is 33,25 g.

Catalog reference: W., 1117; Delm-376; V.K. 56, Dav-1280, KM 8.


  • 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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