Belgium 1790 2 liards

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Ponterio sale 177, lot 34399
Austrian Neth 1790 2 liards rev P177-34399.jpg
Jean Elsen sale 135, lot 1018
This type was struck in 1790 during a brief insurrection against Austrian rule. The insurrection was crushed and a few years later, Belgium was occupied and annexed by revolutionary France. Belgium would not obtain its independence until 1830. The first specimen was lot 34399 in Ponterio sale 177 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $78. The catalog description[1] noted, "AUSTRIAN NETHERLANDS. 2 Liards (2 Oorden), 1790-(B). Insurrection coinage. Brown. CHOICE ALMOST UNCIRCULATED." The second specimen was lot 1018 in Jean Elsen sale 135 (Brussels, December 2017), where it sold for €220 (about US$305 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"BRABANT, Duché, Etats-Belgiques-Unis (1790), Cu double liard, 1790, Bruxelles. D/ Lion deb. à d., ten. le bonnet de la Liberté sur une lance. R/ Inscription en quatre lignes. Avec brillant original. Fleur de Coin. (duchy of Brabant, united states of Belgium, copper double liard of 1790, Brussels mint. Obverse: lion rampant to right bearing a liberty cap on a lance; reverse: four line description. Uncirculated with mint luster.)"

Recorded mintage: 763,000.

Specification: copper, the second specimen 7,90 g.

Catalog reference: W. 1161, KM 45.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 177: The August 2013 Chicago ANA Auction, World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2013.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 135, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2017.

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