Gelderland (1555-76) 1/2 real d'or Fr-76

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Kunker sale 264, lot 3265
This specimen was lot 3265 in Künker sale 264 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €600 (about US$775 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"GELDERN Herzogtum. Philipp II. von Spanien, 1555-1598. 1/2 Real d'or o. J. (1562-1576), Nijmegen. GOLD. Sehr schön. (duchy of Gelderland, Philip II of Spain, 1555-98, undated half real d'or, Nijmegen mint. Very fine.)"
Gelderland, originally part of the Burgundian inheritance, fell to the Hapsburgs on the death of the last duke of Burgundy in 1477. On the emperor Charles's abdication in 1555, the Hapsburg inheritance was divided between the Austrian and Spanish branches, and the Netherlands passed to Philip II, a dour and unbending Catholic. His attempts to extirpate heresy caused the northern provinces to rise in revolt and, after many years of struggle, secure their independence as the United Provinces. The southern provinces, including Brabant, remained Catholic and loyal to king Philip. The type is known with and without "ANG REX" in the obverse legend, marking the king's brief marriage to Mary of England. The Gelderland is now in the heart of the Netherlands.

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.

Specification: gold; this specimen 3.41 g.

Catalog reference: Delm. 628; Fr-76; Purmer Ge 01.

Source:

  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • Delmonte, A., Le Bénélux D'or, Amsterdam: Jacques Schulman N.V., 1964, with supplements to 1977.
  • 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]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 264, Gold coins | Russian Coins and Medals | German Coins after 1871, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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