Brabant 1596(h) ecu Dav-8637

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Jean Elsen sale 138, lot 447
Brabant in 1559, from Shepherd's atlas
This specimen was lot 447 in Jean Elsen sale 138 (Brussels, September 2018), where it sold for €160 (about US$222 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BRABANT, Duché, Philippe II (1555-1598), AR écu Philippe, 1596, Anvers. D/ B. cuir. à g. R/ Ecu couronné avec écusson de Portugal en surtout, sur une croix de Bourgogne, entre deux briquets, portant le bijou de la Toison d'or. Craquelure du flan sur la tranche. Très Beau. (duchy of Brabant, Philip II, 1555-98, silver écu Philippe of 1596, Antwerp mint. Obverse: armored bust to left; reverse: crowned arms with the escutcheon of Portugal in the center, over a Burgundian cross, between two jewels of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Planchet crack, Very fine.)"
Davenport mentions this type for 1585-92, 1595-98 from Antwerp and Maastricht. The hand below the king's bust on the obverse is the Antwerp mintmark.

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 34,14 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-8637, G.H. 210-1h; Delm. 18; W. 833.

Source:

  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1484-1600, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1977.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 138, Collection A. BLONDEL, Collection M. HENDRICKX, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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