Tournai 1666 patagon Dav-4495

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Jean Elsen sale 136, lot 907
This specimen was lot 907 in Jean Elsen sale 136 (Brussels, March 2018), where it sold for €1,700 (about US$2,496 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"TOURNAI, Seigneurie, Charles II (1665-1700), AR patagon, 1666. D/ Croix de Bourgogne couronnée, ornée du bijou de la Toison d'or, accostée de la date. R/ Ecu couronné, entouré du collier de la Toison d'or. Extrêmement rare Seulement quatre exemplaires connus. Très Beau. Provient de Winter, Düsseldorf, vente 40, 20 mars 1981, 1576. (lordship of Tournai, Charles II, 1665-1700, silver patagon of 1666. Obverse: crowned Burgundian cross, decorated with the jewels of the Order of the Golden Fleece, dividing the date; reverse: crowned arms, Order of the Golden Fleece around. Extremely rare, only four examples known, 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 ducatons. The type shown here was struck at the Tournai mint 1666-67 only. A very similar coin was struck for Brabant. 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.

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: 28.10 g, .875 fine silver, this specimen 27,83 g.

Catalog reference: G.H. 350-5; Delm. 345; Hoc 592, KM 70, Dav-4495.


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  • 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 136: Collection Martiny, Collection Nef, Collection Casterman, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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