Coin, Spanish Netherlands, Charles II

Ducaton - 8 Souverains - 1698 - Antwerp

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Quality MS(60-62)
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Coin - Spanish Netherlands - Charles II
Ducaton - 8 Souverains - 1698 - Antwerp
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Pays-Bas espagnols, duché de Brabant, Charles II (1665-1700), 8 souverains ou ducaton d'or, 1698, Anvers. G.H. 346-1b; Delm. 190; W. -; V.H. 703; Hoc, RBN (1924), p. 38 (2 ex. répertoriés).

Crowned arms of Spain supported by two lions.

CAROL. II. D. G. HISP. ET. INDIAR. REX.

ARCHID. AVST. DVX. BVRG. BRABAN. Zc

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. Ni les comptes de la Monnaie d'Anvers, ni ceux de la Recette générale des Finances ne mentionnent la fabrication du ducaton en or de 1698. Sa frappe a probablement été très limitée. Marcel Hoc relève l'existence de deux exemplaires, un conservé au Cabinet des Médailles de la Bibliothèque royale de Belgique et le second dans la collection de Baudouin Jonghe d'Ardoye (président de la Société royale de numismatique de Belgique de 1889 à 1925). Notre exemplaire est l'unique ducaton de 1698 passé en vente, d'une superbe facture et présentant encore son brillant de frappe, gradé par PCGS en MS62. Il s'agit assurément d'une des grandes raretés de la numismatique des Pays-Bas espagnols et du règne de Charles II !

Delmonte : 190
  • Coin condition : MS(60-62)
  • Composition : Gold
  • Country : Spanish Netherlands
  • Mint name : Antwerp
  • Year : 1698
  • Product type : Coin
  • Denomination : 8 Souverains

44.36 gr


  • Coin condition : MS(60-62)
  • Composition : Gold
  • Country : Spanish Netherlands
  • Denomination : 8 Souverains
  • Mint name : Antwerp
  • Product type : Coin
  • Year : 1698
  • Coin name : Ducaton
  • Diameter : 44
  • Ruler Name : Charles II
  • Specific remark in title : Rare
  • Certification: PCGS
  • Certification number: 40667745
Our expertise for this quality
  • Coin rarity : extremely rare, rare in this quality
  • Our coin condition comments : superb quality, some of its original luster
  • Packaging : encapsulated coin
  • Patina : attractive patina
Collectible item references
  • Delmonte : 190
NumisCorner catalog reference: 971594
Coin, Spanish Netherlands, Charles II, Ducaton, 8 Souverains, 1698, Antwerp

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