Brabant 1661(a) patagon Dav-4462

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Jean Elsen sale 127, lot 886
Brabant in 1559, from Shepherd's atlas
This specimen was lot 886 in Jean Elsen sale 127 (Brussels, December 2015), where it sold for €155 (about US$199 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BRABANT, Duché, Philippe IV (1621-1665), AR patagon, 1661, Bruxelles. 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. Très rare. Beau à Très Beau. (duchy of Brabant, Philip IV, 1621-65, silver patagon of 1661, Brussels mint. Obverse: Burgundian cross under a crown with the jewels of the Golden Fleece; reverse: crowned arms, Order of the Golden Fleece around. Very rare, fine to very 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, the Brussels mint 1621-60 (angel face mintmark, shown here) and at the Maastricht mint 1625-31. 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 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 27,67 g.

Catalog reference: G.H. 329-3 (non répertorié); Delm-295 (non répertorié); W. -, Dav-4462, KM 53.3.

Source:

  • 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 127, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2015.

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