Flanders 1633 patagon Dav-4464

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Jean Elsen sale 115, lot 996
Flanders 1633 patagon rev JElsen 115-996.jpg
This specimen was lot 996 in Jean Elsen sale 115 (Brussels, December 2012) where it sold for €70 (about US$107 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"VLAANDEREN, Graafschap, Philips IV (1621-1665), AR patagon, 1633, Brugge. Droit: Gekroond stokkenkruis met een vuurijzer tussen het jaartal en het juweel van het Gulden Vlies. Revers: Gekroond wapenschild omringd door de keten van het Gulden Vlies. Ex HSA 1211. goede Zeer Fraai. (County of Flanders, Philip IV (1621-65), silver patagon of 1633, Bruges mint. Obverse: Burgundian cross below a crown, with the jewels of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Reverse: crowned arms, Order of the Golden Fleece around. Good 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 1622-65. A very similar coin was struck for Artois, Brabant and Tournai. 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 27.97 g.

Catalog reference: G.H., 329-6; Haeck, 796; Delm., 297, Dav-4464, KM 34.


  • 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 115: Collection Huntington, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2012.

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