Maastricht 1794 100 stuivers Dav-1856

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Steve Album sale 27, lot 1287
Austrian Neth Alb27-1257r.jpg
Jean Elsen sale 140, lot 812
Maastricht in 1786, from Shepherd's Atlas
The first specimen was lot 1257 in Stephen Album sale 27 (Santa Rosa, CA, January 2017), where it sold for $940. The catalog description[1] noted, "AUSTRIAN NETHERLANDS: Francis II, 1792-1806, AR 100 stuivers, Maastricht, 1794. siege issue during the War of the First Coalition, NGC graded AU58. The siege of Maastricht of 19 September to 4 November 1794 saw the French capture one of the last Austrian-held strongholds close to the Austrian Netherlands, completing the French conquest of the area." The second specimen was lot 812 in Jean Elsen sale 140 (Brussels, March 2019), where it sold for €625 (about US$833 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"MAASTRICHT, belegerd door de Fransen, AR nooddaalder van 100 stuiver, 1794. Eenzijdig. Vz/ Ster tussen jaartal en waarde. Krasjes. bijna Prachtig. (city of Maastricht, beseiged by the French, daalder of 100 stuivers of 1794. Obverse: date, star and denomination; reverse: plain. about Extremely Fine.)"
Maastricht is a city on the Meuse or Maas river and is today Dutch. In 1794, the city was Dutch as well, tho upstream of the major part of the United Provinces. We have followed Stephen Album in filing this under the Austrian Netherlands as the Dutch do not seem to have taken part in the siege in question, where the revolutionary French army attacked Austrian forces holding the fortress. After the fall of Maastricht and Luxembourg, the area was annexed to France and remained a part thereof until Napoleon's fall in 1814.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, the second specimen 30,40 g.

Catalog reference: Delm. 756; Mailliet 301, 11; KM-10. Dav-1856.

Source:

  • 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]Album, Stephen, Joseph Lang, Paul Montz, Michael Barry and Norman Douglas Nicol, Auction 27, featuring the Dr. Paul Stevens Collection of Indian Coins, Part VI, Santa Rosa, CA: Stephen Album Rare Coins, Inc., 2016.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 140, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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