Brabant 1631(a) 2 ducaton Dav-4443

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Jean Elsen sale 109, lot 929
Brabant 1631 ducaton rev JElsen 109-929.jpg
Brabant in 1559, from Shepherd's atlas
This specimen was lot 929 in Jean Elsen sale 109 (Brussels, June 2011) where it sold for €4,200 (about US$7,101 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BRABANT, Duché, Philippe IV (1621-1665), AR ducaton, 1631, Bruxelles. Premier type. Piéfort de poids double. Droit : B. cuirassé à droite, une grande fraise au col. Revers : Ecu couronné, soutenu par deux lions. En dessous, le bijou de la Toison d'or. Provient de la collection Symkens et de SBS, vente 42, Bâle, 21-23 janvier 1997, 240. Très Rare. presque Superbe (Duchy of Brabant, Philip IV, 1621-65, silver ducaton of 1631, Brussels mint. First type, piefort of double thickness. Obverse: armored bust to right with ruffed collar. Reverse: crowned arms supprted by two lions, Order of the Golden Fleece below. From the Symkens collection and SBS sale 42, Basel, 1997, lot 240. Very rare, nearly 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 Antwerp mint 1622-36 and at the Brussels mint 1624-36. A very similar coin was struck for Flanders (Dav-4446) and Tournai (Dav-4450). The series is plagued by bad planchets and poor strikes, reducing their appeal to collectors. This specimen is rare because it is a piefort.

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: 32.48 g, .944 fine silver, .985 troy oz ASW, this specimen 64,91 g (double the normal weight).

Catalog reference: G.H., 327-3a; Delm., 275a; Dav-4443, KM 56.2.


  • 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 108, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2011.

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