Liege 1689 ducaton Dav-4299

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Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 511
This specimen was lot 511 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €400 (about US$507 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"LIEGE, Principauté, Jean-Louis d'Elderen (1688-1694), AR ducaton, 1689. D/ B. à d., coiffé d'une calotte. R/ Ecu couronné, soutenu par deux bouquetins. Très Beau. (prince-bishopric of Liege, John Louis of Elderen (1688-94), silver ducaton of 1689. Obverse: capped bust to right; reverse: crowned arms, supported by two goats. 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 1689-91 and was accompanied by a lighter patagon (Dav-4300). The SCWC notes it as rare.

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: 32.78 g, .941 fine silver, .991 troy oz ASW, this specimen 31,98 g.

Catalog reference: KM 102, Chestret 652; Dengis 1122; Delm. 476; Dav-4299.


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  • 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]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2017.

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