Brabant 1543 couronne d'or Fr-62

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Jean Elsen sale 136, lot 943
This specimen was lot 943 in Jean Elsen sale 136 (Brussels, March 2018), where it sold for €380 (about US$558 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BRABANT, Duché, Charles Quint (1506-1555), AV écu d'or au soleil, 1543, Anvers. D/ Ecu couronné d'Autriche-Bourgogne, accosté de deux briquets. R/ Croix fleurdelisée, cantonnée de deux aigles et de deux tours. Tranche irrégulière. Fines griffes. Très Beau. (duchy of Brabant, Charles V, 1506-55, gold écu of the sunburst of 1543, Antwerp mint. Obverse: crowned arms of Austria-Burgundy divides two jewels; reverse: floriate cross divides two eagles and two towers. Irregular edge, fine scratches, very fine.)"
The couronne d'or was issued from Antwerp and Maastricht (Fr-63) in Brabant 1542-55, as well as Flanders (Fr-309), Holland, Gelderland (Fr-73) and elsewhere. Couronnes d'or were struck again in the Spanish Netherlands about 1615-42 but by then the northern provinces had seceded.

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.31 g, .919 fine gold, this specimen 3,35 g.

Catalog reference: G.H. 186-1; Delm. 102; W. 664; Fr-62.


  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 9th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2017.
  • [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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