Liege 1550 daler Dav-8409

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Jean Elsen sale 109, lot 1012
Liege 1550 daler rev JElsen 109-1012.jpg
Liege JElsen 133-0839.jpg
The first specimen was lot 1012 in Jean Elsen sale 109 (Brussels, June 2011), where it sold for €1,300 ($2,198 including the buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"LIEGE, Principauté, Georges d'Autriche (1544-1557), AR daler au saint Georges, 1550, Droit: L'écu écartelé de l'évêque surmonté d'un heaume à cimier et accosté de 15-50. Revers: Saint Georges galopant à gauche, levant l'épée et terrassant le dragon. Les antérieurs du cheval coupant la légende. LOSS' en fin de légende. Ref.: Provient de la collection Symkens. Rare. Belle patine foncée. Georges d'Autriche était un fils naturel de Maximilien Ier de Habsbourg. C'est sous son règne que furent frappés les premiers talers liégeois, appelés rixdaler (talers d'empire). Provient de la collection Symkens. Très Beau. (Principality of Liege, George of Austria, 1544-57, silver daler of Saint George, 1550. Obverse: arms of the bishopric divide date, helmet above. Reverse: St. George gallops left, raising his sword to hack the dragon; the hooves of the horse divides the legend. From the Symkens collection, rare, nice patina, very fine. George of Austria was the bastard son of Maximilian of Hapsburg. It was during his reign that the first thalers were struck in Liege, called rixdalers.)"
The second specimen was lot 839 in Jean Elsen sale 133 (Brussels, June 2017), where it sold for €800 (about US$1,057 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"LIEGE, Principauté, Georges d'Autriche (1544-1557), AR daler au saint Georges, 1550. D/ L'écu écartelé de l'évêque surmonté d'un heaume à cimier et accosté de 15-50. R/ Saint Georges galopant à g., levant l'épée et terrassant le dragon. Rare. Très Beau. (prince-bishopric of Liege, George of Austria, 1544-57, silver dollar of St. George, 1550. Obverse: quartered and helmeted arms divide the date; reverse: St. George gallops left, preparing to kill the dragon. Rare, very fine.)"
Davenport lists this type for 1547-50.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, the first specimen 27,72 g, the second specimen 28,21 g.

Catalog reference: Chestret-485; Dengis-891; Delm., 438; Dav-8409.

Source:

  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1484-1600, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1977.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 109, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses fils, S.A., 2011.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 133, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2017.

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