Utrecht 1796 ducaton Dav-1832

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Jean Elsen sale 120, lot 1480
Utrecht 1796 ducaton rev JElsen 120-1480.jpg
This specimen was lot 1480 in Jean Elsen sale 120 (Brussels, March 2014), where it sold for €8,250 (about US$13,565 including buyer's fees. The catalog description[1] noted,
"NEDERLAND, De Bataafse Republiek (1795-1806), AR dukaton (zilveren rijder), 1796, Utrecht. Slechts 435 st. geslagen. Droit: Ridder te paard n.r. boven het gekroond provinciewapen. Revers: Gekroond Generaliteitswapen gehouden door twee leeuwen. Uiterst Zeldzaam. Prachtexemplaar met mooie patina. FDC. (Netherlands, the Batavian Republic, silver ducaton of 1796, Utrecht mint. Obverse: Mounted knight charges to right, provincial arms below; reverse: crowned arms of the Generality supported by two lions. Very rare proof example with nice patina, uncirculated."
The specimen is one of a type issued for the province of Utrecht 1739-94. This date is very rare, being one of a few issued under the Batavian Republic, a French puppet state of 1796-1806. Rampant smuggling with Britain caused Napoleon to install his brother Louis as king of Holland in 1806; when that failed, the Netherlands were annexed outright in 1810. After his fall, the Netherlands were reconstituted as a kingdom.

Recorded mintage: 435.

Specification: 32.78 g, .941 fine silver, .991 troy oz ASW, obliquely reeded edge, this specimen 32,50 g.

Catalog reference: Sch-42; Delm., 1031, Dav-1832; KM-16.


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  • 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, Vente Publique 120, Brussels: Jean Elsen & ses Fils, S.A., 2014.

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