Brabant 1633(h) ducaton Dav-4444

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Jean Elsen sale 136, lot 944
This specimen was lot 944 in Jean Elsen sale 136 (Brussels, March 2018), where it sold for €200 (about US$294 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BRABANT, Duché, Philippe IV (1621-1665), AR ducaton, 1633, Anvers. Premier type. D/ B. cuir. à d., une grande fraise au col. R/ Ecu couronné, tenu par deux lions. En dessous, le bijou de la Toison d'or. presque Très Beau. (duchy of Brabant, Philip IV, 1621-65, silver ducaton of 1633, Antwerp mint, first type. Obverse: armored bust to right with large ruffed collar; reverse: crowned arms supported by two lions, the jewel of the Order of the Golden Fleece below. About 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 1622-23 and 1631-36. 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.

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: 32.48 g, .944 fine silver, .985 troy oz ASW, this specimen 31,92 g.

Catalog reference: G.H. 327-1a; Delm. 274; W. 1000, KM 56.1, Dav-4444.


  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 136: Collection Martiny, Collection Nef, Collection Casterman, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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