Liege 1677 ducaton Dav-4296

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JEan Elsen sale 117, lot 1302
Liege 1677 ducaton rev JElsen 117-1302.jpg
This specimen was lot 1302 in Jean Elsen sale 117 (Brussels, June 2013), where it sold for €100 (about US$158 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"LIEGE, Principauté, Maximilien Henri de Bavière (1650-1688), AR ducaton, 1677, Liège. Différent: perron. Droit: B. à droite, coiffé d'une calotte. Revers: Ecu couronné, soutenu par deux lions. Belle patine. Très Beau. (Principality of Liege, Maximilian Henry of Bavaria (1650-88), silver ducaton of 1677, Liege mint. Obverse: bust to right in cap; reverse: crowned arms supported by two lions. Nice toning, very fine.)"
The Archbishopric of Liege was an ecclesiastical state in central Belgium and usually ruled by a Hapsburg client. The surrounding territory was ruled by the Spanish Hapsburgs from about 1500 until 1699 and the Austrian Hapsburgs 1714-97. 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 1666-83. The SCWC notes it is worth about the same as the smaller silver patagon.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 32,28 g.

Catalog reference: KM 84, Dav-4296, Chestret-641; Delm-473; Dengis, 1105.


  • 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.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1484-1600, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1977.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 117: Collection Jean-Jacques Symoens, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses fils, S.A., 2013.

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