Brabant 1576 1/20 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 143, lot 928
This specimen was lot 928 in Jean Elsen sale 143 (Brussels, December 2019), where it sold for €170 (about US$222 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BRABANT, Duché, Philippe II (1555-1598), AR vingtième d'écu Philippe, 1576, Anvers. D/ Ecu couronné, entouré du collier de la Toison d'or. R/ Croix fleuronnée. Rare dans cette qualité. Superbe. (duchy of Brabant, Philip II, 1555-98, silver 1/20 écu Philippe of 1576, Antwerp mint. Obverse: crowned arms, Order of the Golden Fleece around; reverse: floriate cross. Rare in this quality, Extremely Fine.)"
This type represents a very early experiment with decimal coinage, over a century before Russia adopted her hundred kopeks = one ruble.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 3,38 g.

Catalog reference: G.H. 215-1; W. 838; V.H. 310.

Source:

  • 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 143, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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