Brabant 1629(s) patagon Dav-4462

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Jean Elsen sale 115, lot 525
Brabant 1629st patagon rev JElsen 115-525.jpg
Brabant in 1559, from Shepherd's atlas
This specimen was lot 525 in Jean Elsen sale 115 (Brussels, December 2012) where it sold for €1600 (about US$2,442 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BRABANT, Duché, Philippe IV (1621-1665), AR patagon, 1629, Maastricht. Droit: Croix de Bourgogne sous une couronne, portant le bijou de la Toison d'or. Revers: Ecu couronné, entouré du collier de la Toison d'or. Belle patine. Rare dans cette qualité. Ex HSA 1271. Superbe. (duchy of Brabant, Philip IV (1621-65), silver patagon of 1629, Maastricht mint. Obverse: Burgundian cross below a crown, with the jewels of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Reverse: crowned arms, Order of the Golden Fleece around. Nice patina, rare in this quality, 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 Antwerp mint 1622-65 (hand mintmark) and at the Maastricht mint 1625-31 (star mintmark, shown here). A very similar coin was struck for Flanders (Dav-4457). The SCWC notes the Flemish issues as the most common, followed by the Brabant issue, tho none are plentiful today. The Maastricht issues are priced about double those of Brussels or Antwerp. 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 28.05 g.

Catalog reference: CNM 2.07.64, G.H., 329-2; Delm-294; W., 1033, Dav-4462, KM 53.2.

Source:

  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1484-1600, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1977.
  • 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 115: Collection Huntington, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2012.

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