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Doornik / Tournai, Patagon 1621

Doornik / Tournai, Patagon 1621



Doornik / Tournai, Patagon 1621

Albert & Elisabeth (1598-1621)

Voorzijde: Gekroond Bourgondisch kruis met juweel van de Orde van het Gulden Vlies, gekroonde monogrammen aan weerszijden.
Omschrift: ALBERTVS.ET.ELISABET.DEI.GRATIA.
Keerzijde: Gekroond wapenschild, omringd door de halsketen van de Orde van het Gulden Vlies, gesplitst jaartal 16 21.
Omschrift: ARCHID.AVST.DVCES.BVRG.DOM.TOR.Z.

Gewicht: 27,6 gram.



Obverse: Crowned Burgundian cross, jewel of the Order of the Golden Fleece below, crowned monograms on each side.
Reverse: Crowned arms with the Order of the Golden Fleece around.


Article code: 15-1004

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Archduke Albert of Austria (sometimes called Albrecht) was the son of Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor. He married the Infanta Isabella of Spain, daughter of Philip II of Spain. They were given the Habsburg territories in the southern Low Countries (Zuidelijke Nederlanden). Together they ruled these territories until the death of Albert in 1621. If they died childless the country would come back under Spanish sovereignty. Isabella remained as governess-general until her own death in 1633.

After a period of political and religious tensions and economic decline, with the reign of the Archdukes peace returned to the Southern Netherlands. In 1612 the introduction of a new and stable monetary system gave the economy a boost.  

The new series of gold and silver coins was based on the sovereign. The silver sovereign became known as the 'patagon'. This series also included the half patagon, the quarter patagon, the eighth patagon, the stuiver, the half stuiver and the oord. In 1616 the sixteenth patagon was added to the series, and finally the ducaton and half ducaton in 1618. The coins under Albert & Isabella were of very fine quality, with excellent design and finish.
This monetary system continued to be used until the middle of the 18th century, but after the reign of Albert & Isabella the quantity and quality decreased because of a diminishing supply of silver.

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