Austrian Netherlands 1777(a) 2 liards

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Jean Elsen sale 135, lot 1001
This specimen was lot 1001 in Jean Elsen sale 135 (Brussels, December 2017), where it sold for €80 (about US$111 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BRABANT, Duché, Marie-Thérèse (1740-1780), Cu double liard, 1777, Bruxelles. D/ B. voilé à d. R/ Inscription dans une couronne. Légers défauts de flan. Superbe à Fleur de Coin. (duchy of Brabant, Maria Theresia, 1740-80, copper double liard of 1777, Brussels mint. Obverse: veiled bust to right; reverse: inscription, crown above. Light planchet defects, extremely fien to uncirculated.)"
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 1777-80 and is common. The angel face on the reverse is the Brussels mintmark. Two liards = half sol, 54 sols = one kronenthaler.

Recorded mintage: 1,371,000.

Specification: copper, this specimen 7,38 g.

Catalog reference: KM 29, W. 1146; V.K. 243.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 135, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2017.

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