Brabant 1620(a) ducaton Dav-4428

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Jean Elsen sale 124, lot 541
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This specimen was lot 541 in Jean Elsen sale 124 (Brussels, March 2015), where it sold for €280 (about US$349 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BRABANT, Duché, Albert et Isabelle (1598-1621), AR ducaton, 1620, Bruxelles. Droit: B. accolés des archiducs à droite. Revers: Ecu couronné, tenu par deux lions, au-dessus du bijou de la Toison d'or. Très Beau. (duchy of Brabant, Albert and Isabel (1598-1621), silver ducaton of 1620, Brussels mint. Obverse: accolated busts of the archduke and archduchess facing right; reverse: crowned arms supported by two lion, the Golden Fleece below. Very 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 Antwerp mint 1618-19 and at the Brussels mint 1618-21. A very similar coin was struck for Tournai (Dav-4430). The SCWC notes the Brussels issues as the most common, followed by the Antwerp issue, tho none are plentiful today. The series is plagued by bad planchets and poor strikes, reducing their appeal to collectors.

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: 32.48 g, .944 fine silver, .985 troy oz ASW, this specimen 32,33 g.

Catalog reference: KM 49.2, Dav-4428, G.H., 309-3; Delm., 249; W., 961.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 124, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2015.

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