Brabant 1616(h) patagon Dav-4432

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Aureo sale 261, lot 222
This specimen was lot 222 in Aureo y Calico sale 261 (Barcelona, July 2014), where it sold for €130 (about US$209 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1616. Alberto e Isabel. Amberes. 1 patagón. Precioso color. MBC. (Albert and Isabel, viceroys for Philip III, duchy of Brabant, patagon of 1616, Antwerp mint. Nice color, very fine.)"
Patagons were issued in the Spanish Netherlands and associated states (including the bishopric of Liege and Franche Comte) during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, where they competed with French écus, German talers and Dutch daalders and ducatons. The type shown here was struck at the Antwerp and Brussels mint 1612-21. A very similar coin was struck for Flanders (Dav-4434), Luxembourg and Tournai (Dav-4438). The SCWC notes the Flemish issues as the most common, followed by the Brabant issue, tho none are plentiful today. The series is plagued by bad planchets and poor strikes, reducing their appeal to collectors.

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce. This is a common date for the type.

Specification: 28.1 g, .875 fine silver.

Catalog reference: Vti. 348, Dav-4432, KM 35.1 (Antwerp).


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1600-1700, Galesburg, IL, 1974.
  • van der Wis, Jan, and Tom Passon, Catalogus van de Nederlandse Munten geslagen sind bet aantreden van Philips II tot aan het einde van de Bataafse Republiek (1555-1806), 2nd ed., Apeldoorn, Netherlands: Omni-Trading b.v., 2009.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Pública 261, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2014.

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