Orange (1641) 2 pistole Fr-196

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Jean Elsen sale 140, lot 795
southeast France at the end of the Hundred Years War
This specimen was lot 795 in Jean Elsen sale 140 (Brussels, March 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, ORANGE, Frédéric Henri de Nassau (1625-1647), AV double pistole (quadruple écu d'or), s.d. D/ B. cuirassé à d., au col plat. R/ SOLI DEO HONOR ET GLORIA Ecu couronné, coupant la légende. Très rare. Très Beau à Superbe. (principality of Orange, Frederick henry of Nassau, 1625-47, undated gold double pistole. Obverse: armored bust to right with flat collar; reverse: crowned arms divide the legend. Very rare, Very Fine - Extremely Fine.)"
The Principality of Orange was an enclave in the kingdom of France in the Rhone valley, ruled by the dukes of Nassau. The title passed to the Stadtholder of the Netherlands who remained a French ally so long as the Dutch were struggling with the Spanish. At the end of the Thirty Years War in 1648, the Spanish recognized Dutch independence and now William had to contend with Louis XIV, a much more formidable adversary. The French occupied Orange in 1672 and annexed it in 1713. This double pistole was struck on several occasions 1641-45 and was accompanied by an even rarer single pistole (KM 72, 75).

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.09 g, gold, this specimen 13,11 g.

Catalog reference: B. 1003 var.; P.A. 4599 var.; Voûte & van der Wiel 52 B/c; Delm. 576; Fr-196, KM 73.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 140, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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