Flanders 1634 ducaton Dav-4446

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Jean Elsen sale 119, lot 1258
Flanders 1634 ducaton rev JElsen 119-1258.jpg
This specimen was lot 1258 in Jean Elsen sale 119 (Brussels, December 2013), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"VLAANDEREN, Graafschap, Philips IV (1621-1665), AR dukaton, 1634, Brugge. Eerste type. Droit: Bb. radié, met brede kraag. Revers: Gekroond wapenschild gesteund door twee leeuwen. Onderaan het juweel van de Gulden Vlies. bijna Zeer Fraai. (county of Flanders, Philip IV (1621-65). silver ducaton of 1634, Bruges mint, first type. Obverse: bust with ruffed collar; reverse: crowned arms supported by two lions, jewels 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 Bruges mint 1622 and 1631-36. A very similar coin was struck for Brabant (Dav-4443) 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 32.46 g.

Catalog reference: G.H., 327-6a; Delm., 276; Dav-4446, KM 35.


  • 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 119, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2013.

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