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L'ATELIER MONÉTAIRE DE BRUGES
LE RÈGNE DE LA MAISON D'AUTRICHE
1709-1786
Le Monnayage de Marie-Thérèse, 1749-1755.

 

Welcome in the part about the coins of the Austrian Netherlands. This part contains a catalogue of the coins of the Austrian Netherlands which are minted in Brabant (Antwerp and Brussels) and Flanders (Bruges). The coins of Antwerp can be recognized on the little hand as mint symbol. Those from Brussels have an angel face as mint mark and those from Bruges a little lion.

There are two reasons why I have put this catalogue on line. First of all is this period relatively unknown by many numismatics. The first purpose is hence to make these coins known to a wider public. Secondly I have to observe that the only internationally much used modern catalogue which covers these coins, being the Krause catalogue, not only contains a lot of mistakes concerning the number of coins minted, but it is also quite inaccurate what concerns the valuation. As such it seemed appropriate to make a new catalogue based on the old Belgian catalogues with a more realistic valuation. For matters of completeness, I also want to mention that there is a recent Belgian catalogue, issued in 2004, which covers the coins of the Austrian Netherlands. This catalogue is called "Cataloog 2004 Oostenrijkse Nederlanden 1713-1814" and is issued and composed by Dirk Waelput. This catalogue follows partly the old De Mey catalogue (see below). The valuations unfortunately too. Despite the latter I consider this catalogue an alternative for the old De Mey catalogue, not withstanding its errors and shortcomings.

You can browse through this catalogue by clicking the desired coin in the left menu. The catalogue starts with the coins of Maria Theresa and ends with the coins of Franz II. Only the coins which are minted in the present Belgium are mentioned in this catalogue. The valuation of the coins is derived from old Belgian catalogues and, as far as possible, adjusted to present market conditions. Despite the fact that the adjustments have been made based on auction catalogues is this adjustment subjective and does it only reflect my own opinion. Furthermore, the value does not take into account the position A or B of the coins. It is a fact that the Ducatons, the half Ducatons, the Crowns and the half Crowns exists in both position A and B. By my knowledge there is however not a catalogue that makes a distinction between position A and B. Because of the relative scarceness it was impossible to me to find out of a position A or B of certain coin is rarer or less rare. For the same reason I have not considered the overstrikes.

The catalogue is build according the coin type. In many cases you will find a scan of the type. The number of the scan which is shown is lighted yellow. The left picture always shows the obverse. The right picture the reverse. The value of the coins is given in Euro. The use of the scans is only permitted with my permission and with reference to the source.

The catalogue always contains four cross references. These are:

De Mey: Jean-René De Mey, Les monnaies des Pays-Bas autrichiens 1711-1797, Brussels, 1978
KM: Chester L. Kraus & Clifford Mishler, Standard Catalog of World Coins - Eighteenth Century 1701-1800, Third Edition, Iola WI, 2002
VK: André Van Keymeulen, Munten van de Zuidelijke Nederlanden van Albrecht en Isabella tot Willem I, Brussels, 1981
VH: Hugo Vanhoudt, Atlas der munten van België, van de Kelten tot heden, Herent, 1996

The catalogues of De Mey, Van Keymeulen and Vanhoudt are excellent reference works. De Mey is especially good for valuation purposes, even if this catalogue is over twenty years old and taken into account that some prices went up or down. Van Keymeulen is more an academic work, but certainly indispensable seen all the information it contains. Vanhoudt is probably the only catalogue which describes in a synoptic manner all the coins which are minted in the entire history of what is currently Belgium and could therefor alone not be missing. Finally I have, despite all its deficiencies, added the KM (Kraus) number for the simple reason that this is the only catalogue that currently exists in the market and that is used worldwide.

For the golden and the big silver coins, I also give the Delmonte catalogue number and the coresponding rarity indication. The following reference is then used:

Delm/DGB: A. Delmonte, Le Bénélux d'or - De gouden Benelux, Amsterdam, 1964
Delm/DZB: A. Delmonte, Le Bénélux d'argent - De zilveren Benelux - The silver Benelux, Amsterdam, 1967

The meaning of the rarity indications which are given in Delmonte are as follows: R = Not Common, R.1 = Rare, R.2 = Very Rare, R.3 = Extremely Rare, R.4 = Of the highest rarity (2 or 3 specimens known).

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