Liege 1763 patagon Dav-1588

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JEan Elsen sale 117, lot 1322
Liege 1763 ecu rev JElsen 117-1322.jpg
This specimen was lot 1322 in Jean Elsen sale 117 (Brussels, June 2013), where it sold for €1,700 (about US$2,681 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"LIEGE, Principauté, Siège vacant (1763), AR écu (patagon) au saint Lambert, 1763, 300 p. frappées. Droit: B. mitré du saint à gauche. Revers: Cartouche couronné aux armes de la principauté, sur un manteau d'hermine. Rare. Fines traces d'ajustage et petites taches au droit. presque Superbe. (Principality of Liege, sede vacante, silver écu of Saint Lambert of 1763, 300 pieces struck. Obverse: mitred bust of saint to left; reverse: crowned, mantled arms of the principality. Rare, adjustment marks and rim nicks on obverse, about extremely 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. Patagons 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 ducatons. The type shown here was struck 1763 during the interval of the death of John Theodore and the elevation of Charles d'Outremont. The SCWC notes it as rare. The issue of patagons ceased after 1716 (Dav-1581) except for some issues of sede vacante patagons.

Recorded mintage: 300.

Specification: silver, this specimen 27,75 g.

Catalog reference: KM 166, Dav-1588, Chestret-694; Dengis, 1184; Delm-487.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 117: Collection Jean-Jacques Symoens, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses fils, S.A., 2013.

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