Coin, Spanish Netherlands, Charles II

Ducaton - 8 Souverains - 1694 - Bruges

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Coin - Spanish Netherlands - Charles II
Ducaton - 8 Souverains - 1694 - Bruges

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Pays-Bas espagnols, Charles II (1665-1700), 8 souverains ou Ducaton en or, 1694, Bruges. Fr.229 - VH.703 - Delm.G567

Crowned arms of Spain supported by two lions.



Selon A. de Witte, la frappe des ducatons en or à l'effigie de Charles II débute en 1666. Une production de 23 ducatons est prévue, à la fois dans l'atelier de Bruxelles, comme dans celui d'Anvers. Néanmoins, à ce jour, aucun exemplaire n'a été retrouvé. De nouvelles frappes sont faites en 1669 à Bruxelles et en 1676 à Anvers. En 1687, deux différents types de ducatons sont fabriqués, dont 16 exemplaires gravés par Philippe Roettiers et frappés à Bruxelles. Ces monnaies d'or sont les premières frappées au balancier dans les Pays-Bas Méridionaux. Dans son article au sujet des ducatons de Charles II, Marcel Hoc note : "seuls les ducatons d'or frappés à Bruges en 1694 et les demi-ducatons [...] en 1696 ont été effectivement des monnaies. Ils ont eu cours, les premiers pour 8 souverains, les seconds pour 4 souverains." Les autres ducatons sont donc des "pièces de plaisir" ce qui explique leur absence des comptes de la Monnaie. Monnaies de prestige, ces ducatons sont destinés à de très hauts dignitaires, le Gouverneur général des Pays-Bas espagnols, les principaux membres des Conseils de Malines, de Flandre et du Brabant ainsi qu'au roi lui-même. Leur distribution fait l'objet d'une cérémonie au cours de laquelle le roi les remet en mains propres aux grands officiers, et à d'éventuels princes ou ambassadeurs étrangers. Concernant le ducaton de 1694, les comptes de la Monnaie de Bruges signalent la frappe de 23 ducatons et d'une autre livraison de 616 monnaies pour la même année. Un exemplaire est conservé au Cabinet des Médailles de Belgique, et seule une poignée de ces monnaies de 8 souverains d'or est passée en vente. Cette monnaie de superbe facture est rarissime.

Delmonte : G567
  • Coin condition : AU(50-53)
  • Composition : Gold
  • Country : Spanish Netherlands
  • Mint name : Bruges
  • Year : 1694
  • Product type : Coin
  • Denomination : 8 Souverains

44.29 gr

  • Coin condition : AU(50-53)
  • Composition : Gold
  • Country : Spanish Netherlands
  • Denomination : 8 Souverains
  • Mint name : Bruges
  • Product type : Coin
  • Year : 1694
  • Coin name : Ducaton
  • Diameter : 44
  • Ruler Name : Charles II
  • Specific remark in title : Rare
  • Certification: NGC
  • Certification number: 5778824-012
Our expertise for this quality
  • Coin rarity : extremely rare
  • Our coin condition comments : good quality
  • Packaging : encapsulated coin
Collectible item references
  • Delmonte : G567
NumisCorner catalog reference: 971593
Coin, Spanish Netherlands, Charles II, Ducaton, 8 Souverains, 1694, Bruges

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