Austrian Netherlands 1783(a) kronenthaler Dav-1284

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Jean Elsen sale 115, lot 1419
Brabant 1783a couronne rev JElsen 115-1419.jpg
This specimen was lot 1419 in Jean Elsen sale 115 (Brussels, December 2012) where it sold for €80 (about US$122 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BRABANT, Duché, Joseph II (1780-1790), AR couronne, 1783, Bruxelles. Droit: Tête laurée à droite. Revers: Croix de Bourgogne entre trois couronnes, ornée du bijou de la Toison d'or. Très Beau. (duchy of Brabant, Joseph II (1780-90), silver crown of 1783, Brussels mint. Obverse: laureate bust to right; reverse: Burgundian cross between three crowns and jewels of the Order. Very fine.)"
This type was struck in 1781-90 during the reign of Joseph II, reforming son of Maria Theresia. It replaced the Maria Theresia's kronenthaler (Dav-1282) with a more conventional portrait type. This date was also struck at Vienna (mintmark "A") and is more common therefrom. 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: unknown.

Specification: 29.44 g, .873 fine silver; this specimen is 29.39 g.

Catalog reference: W., 1149; Delm., 393, Dav-1284, KM 32.


  • 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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