Liege 1688 patagon Dav-4297

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JEan Elsen sale 117, lot 1305
Liege 1688 ecu rev JElsen 117-1305.jpg
This specimen was lot 1305 in Jean Elsen sale 117 (Brussels, June 2013), where it sold for €2,700 (about US$4,257 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"LIEGE, Principauté, Siège vacant (1688), AR écu (patagon) au saint Lambert, 1688, Différent: étoile. Droit: B. mitré du saint à gauche dans un cartouche orné de volutes et de guirlandes. Revers: Ecu couronné. Extrêmement Rare. Traces d'ajustage au revers. Beau à Très Beau. (Principality of Liege, sede vacante, silver écu of Saint Lambert of 1688, star privy mark. Obverse: mitred bust of saint to left in cartouche with garlands; reverse: crowned arms. Extremely rare, adjustment marks on the reverse, fine to very fine.)"
The Archbishopric of Liege was an ecclesiastical state in central Belgium and usually ruled by a Hapsburg client. The surrounding territory was ruled by the Spanish Hapsburgs from about 1500 until 1699 and the Austrian Hapsburgs 1714-97. 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 1688 during the interval of the death of Maximilian Henry and the elevation of John Louis. The SCWC notes it is worth about five times the patagons of Maximilian Henry (Dav-4294). Another sede vacante patagon (Dav-4298) also exists for 1688.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 27,69 g.

Catalog reference: KM 98, Dav-4297, Chestret-648; Delm-474; Dengis, 1117.


  • 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.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1484-1600, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1977.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 117: Collection Jean-Jacques Symoens, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses fils, S.A., 2013.

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