Austrian Netherlands 1770(a) kronenthaler Dav-1282

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Jean Elsen sale 134, lot 1166
This specimen was lot 1166 in Jean Elsen sale 134 (Brussels, September 2017), where it sold for €140 (about US$259 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BRABANT, Duché, Marie-Thérèse (1740-1780), AR couronne, 1770, Bruxelles. Sans point après la date. D/ Croix de Bourgogne entre quatre couronnes. R/ Ecu couronné de l'impératrice sur une aigle impériale. Très Beau à Superbe. (Austrian Netherlands, duchy of Brabant, Maria Theresia, 1740-80, silver crown of 1770, Brussels mint, without dot after date. Obverse: Burgundian cross between four crowns; reverse: crowned arms of the empress supported by the imperial eagle. Very fine to extremely fine.)"
This type was struck in 1755-79 during the reign of Maria Theresia (Dav-1282, shown here) and Francis I (Dav-1283). 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: 166,000 (including Dav-1283).

Specification: 11.06 g, .919 fine gold; this specimen is 29,47 g.

Catalog reference: KM 21, W. 1141; Delm. 388; V.K. 156b, Dav-1282.


  • 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 134, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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