Austrian Netherlands 1775(b) 1/2 souverain d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 125, lot 1189
This specimen was lot 1189 in Jean Elsen sale 125 (Brussels, June 2015), where it sold for €1,800 (about US$2,395 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BRABANT, Duché, Marie-Thérèse (1740-1780), AV souverain, 1775, Bruxelles. Troisième type. D/ B. voilé à d. R/ Ecu ovale d'Autriche-Bourgogne, couronné, sur une croix de Bourgogne. Très rare Très Beau à Superbe. (duchy of Brabant, Maria Theresia (1740-80), gold sovereign of 1775, Brussels mint, third type. Obverse: veiled bust to right; reverse: crowned oval arms of Austria and Burgundy over a Burgundian cross. Very rare, very fine to extremely fine.)"
The lower, Catholic part of the Netherlands was Spanish until 1714, when it passed to the Austrians, who lost it to Revolutionary France in 1797. After the fall of Napoleon in 1815, Belgium passed to the king of the Netherlands. This type is listed for 1770-77 and is scarce. The angel face on the reverse is the Brussels mintmark.

Recorded mintage: 28,000.

Specification: 5.53 g, .919 fine gold, .163 troy oz AGW, this specimen 5,52 g.

Catalog reference: KM 26, W. 1138; Delm. 218; V.K. 45.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 125: Collections Dr. Jacques Marneffe, Jean-Marie Chouters et Henri Pottier, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2015.

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