Austrian Netherlands 1764(a) kronenthaler Dav-1283

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Jean Elsen sale 265, lot 557
Brabant 1764 crown rev JElsen 265-557.jpg
This specimen was lot 557 in Jean Elsen list 265 (Brussels, July-September 2013) where it was offered for €225 (about US$297 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BRABANT, Duché, François Ier (1745-1765), AR couronne, 1764, Bruxelles. Droit: Ecu couronné de l'empereur sur une aigle impériale, entouré du collier de la Toison d'or. Revers: Croix de Bourgogne entre trois couronnes, ornée du bijou de la Toison d'or. Provient de notre vente 88, 10 juin 2006, 813. Fines traces d'ajustage. Très Beau à Superbe. (duchy of Brabant, Francis I (1745-65), silver crown of 1764, Brussels mint. Obverse: crowned arms of the emperor borne by the imperial eagle, chain of the Golden Fleece around. Reverse: Burgundian cross between three crowns, with the jewels of the Golden Fleece. From our sale 88 (June 2006), lot 813. Very fine to extremely fine.)"
This type was struck in 1755-65 during the reign of Maria Theresia (Dav-1282) and Francis I (Dav-1283, shown here). It replaced the ducaton in 1755 but retained many stylistic features. 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: 495,000 (Dav-1282 and -1283).

Specification: 29.44 g, .873 fine silver; this specimen is 29.32 g.

Catalog reference: W-1139; Delm-384; V.K-138a, Dav-1283, KM 22.

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]Philippe Elsen et al., Liste 265, Juillet-Septembre 2013, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S. A., 2013.

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