Tournai 1626 patagon Dav-4470

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Jean Elsen sale 124, lot 720
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This specimen was lot 564 in Jean Elsen sale 124 (Brussels, March 2015), where it sold for €420 (about US$524 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"TOURNAI, Seigneurie, Philippe IV (1621-1665), AR patagon, 1626, Droit: Croix de Bourgogne sous une couronne, portant le bijou de la Toison d'or. Revers: Ecu couronné, entouré du collier de la Toison d'or. Très Beau. (lordship of Tournai, Philip IV (1621-65), silver patagon of 1626. Obverse: Burgundian cross under a crown, bearing the order of the Golden Fleece below; reverse: crowned arms, order of the Golden Fleece around. Very 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 patagons. The type shown here was struck for Tournai 1621-65. A very similar coin was struck for Brabant, Flanders and Artois (Dav-4466). The SCWC notes the Brussels issues as the most common, followed by the Antwerp issue, tho none are plentiful today. The series is plagued by bad planchets and poor strikes, reducing their appeal to collectors.

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: 28.10 g, .875 fine silver, this specimen 27,65 g.

Catalog reference: KM 17, Dav-4470, G.H., 329-9; Delm., 300; Hoc, 528.


  • 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.
  • 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 124, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2015.

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