Luxemburg 1635 patagon Dav-4468

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Jean Elsen sale 115, lot 741
Luxemburg 1635 patagon rev JElsen 115-741.jpg
This specimen was lot 741 in Jean Elsen sale 115 (Brussels, December 2012) where it sold for €1600 (about US$2,442 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"LUXEMBOURG, Duché, Philippe IV (1621-1665), AR patagon, 1635, Droit: Croix de Bourgogne sous une couronne, ornée du bijou de la Toison d'or, accostée de la date. Revers: Ecu couronné, entouré du collier de la Toison d'or. Rare. Flan large et inégal. Ex HSA 2523. Très Beau à Superbe. (duchy of Luxemburg, Philip IV (1621-65), silver patagon of 1635. Obverse: Burgundian cross below a crown, with the jewels of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Reverse: crowned arms, Order of the Golden Fleece around. Rare, large and out-of-round planchet, very fine to extremely fine.)"
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 at the Antwerp mint 1622-65 (hand mintmark) and at Luxemburg 1632-43. A very similar coin was struck for Flanders (Dav-4457). The SCWC notes the Flemish issues as the most common, followed by the Brabant issue, tho none are plentiful today. The series is plagued by bad planchets and poor strikes, reducing their appeal to collectors.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 28.10 g, .875 fine silver; this specimen is 27.92 g.

Catalog reference: Weiller, 227; G.H., 329-5; Delm-296; Probst, L236-8, Dav-4468, KM 17.


  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 115: Collection Huntington, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2012.

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