Flanders 1620 patagon Dav-4435

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Jean Elsen sale 137, lot 559
This specimen was lot 559 in Jean Elsen sale 137 (Brussels, June 2018), where it sold for €90 (about US$125 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
" VLAANDEREN, Graafschap, Albrecht en Isabella (1598-1621), AR patagon, 1620, Brugge. Vz/ Gekroond Bourgondisch kruis. Kz/ Gekroond wapenschild omringd door de keten van het Gulden Vlies. Deuken op vz. bijna Zeer Fraai. (county of Flanders, Albert and Isabella, 1598-1621, silver patagon of 1620, Bruges mint. Obverse: crowned Burgundian cross; reverse: crowned arms, Order of the Golden Fleece around. About 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 Bruges mint 1616-21 and undated. 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 but a common date for the type.

Specification: 28.10 g, .875 fine silver; this specimen is 27,88 g.

Catalog reference: G.H. 311-6b; Haeck 778; Delm. 259, Dav-4435, KM 22.


  • 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 137, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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