Brabant 1628(a) 2 patagon Dav-4461

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Jean Elsen sale 138, lot 779
Brabant in 1559, from Shepherd's atlas
This specimen was lot 779 in Jean Elsen sale 138 (Brussels, September 2018), where it sold for €4,700 (about US$6,523 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BRABANT, Duché, Philippe IV (1621-1665), AR patagon, 1628, Bruxelles. Piéfort de poids double. D/ Croix de Bourgogne sous une couronne, portant le bijou de la Toison d'or. R/ Ecu couronné, entouré du collier de la Toison d'or. De la plus haute rareté Belle patine. Très Beau à Superbe. (duchy of Brabant, Philip IV, 1621-65, silver double patagon of 1628, Brussels mint. Obverse: crowned Burgundian cross with the jewel of the Order of the Golden Fleece; reverse: crowned arms, Order of the Golden Fleece around. Extremely rare, nice patina, very fine to extremely 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 Brussels mint 1622-63 (angel face mintmark, shown here) and at Antwerp and Maastricht. Double patagons were struck for Flanders, Luxembourg, Tournai, Burgundy. Altho the half and quarter patagons are much scarcer than the patagons, they bring less at auction. The series is plagued by bad planchets and poor strikes, reducing their appeal to collectors.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 28.10 g, .875 fine silver; this specimen is 55,49 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-4461, G.H. 329-3 (unlisted); Delm. 295a (unlisted); V.H. 645 BS (unlisted).


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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.
  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
  • [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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