Brabant 1619(a) 2 ducaton Dav-4427

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Jean Elsen sale 125, lot 1178
This specimen was lot 1178 in Jean Elsen sale 125 (Brussels, June 2015), where it sold for €6,500 (about US$8647 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BRABANT, Duché, Albert et Isabelle (1598-1621), AR ducaton, 1619, Bruxelles. De poids double. D/ B. accolés des archiducs à d. R/ Ecu couronné, tenu par deux lions, au-dessus du bijou de la Toison d'or. Très rare Très Beau à Superbe. (duchy of Brabant, Albert and Isabella (1598-1621), silver ducaton of 1619, Brussels mint, of double weight. Obverse: accolated busts of the archdukes to right; reverse: crowned arms supports by two lions, Order of the Golden Fleece below. Very rare, very fine to extremely fine.)"
Ducatons 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 patagons. The type shown here was struck at the Brussels mint 1618-21. As a piedfort, it is rare. The series is plagued by bad planchets and poor strikes, reducing their appeal to collectors.

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: 64.96 g, .944 fine silver, .985 troy oz ASW, this specimen 64,92 g.

Catalog reference: KM 50.2, Dav-4427, G.H. 309-3; Delm. 249a.


  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 125: Collections Dr. Jacques Marneffe, Jean-Marie Chouters et Henri Pottier, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2015.

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