Flanders 1566 1/5 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 124, lot 779
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This specimen was lot 779 in Jean Elsen sale 124 (Brussels, March 2015), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"VLAANDEREN, Graafschap, Philips II (1555-1598), AR vijfde Philipsdaalder, 1566, Brugge. Droit: Geharnast bb. radié. Revers: Gekroond wapenschild op een Bourgondisch kruis tussen twee vuurijzers. Kras op vz. Zeer Fraai à Prachtig. (county of Flanders, Philip II (1555-98), silver fifth écu Philippe of 1566, Bruges mint. Obverse: armored bust to left; reverse: crowned arms, over a Burgundian cross, between two briquets, collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece around. Scratch on the obverse, very fine to extremely fine.)"
This type represents a very early experiment with decimal coinage, over a century before Russia adopted her hundred kopeks = one ruble.

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 6,32 g.

Catalog reference: G.H., 212-7a; Haeck, 660.

Source:

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

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