ARCHIVE

Beautifully Toned 1578 Half Patagon

No one pays more!

For high quality Washington medals. If you have rare or top condition Washington-
iana for sale or trade, contact us!

Beautifully Toned 1578 Half Patagon

SOLD

Details

Spanish Netherlands, Nijmegen. 1578 half patagon. Choice Extremely Fine. Outstanding quality for this typically crude (and always scarce) issue, struck in the town of Nijmegen on the eastern border of the modern Netherlands. The surfaces show lively lustre and superb old toning in shades of rose-gold, olive, and pastel blue. The strike is at least as good as usually seen, with some natural planchet flaws not sufficiently struck out at central obverse but most design elements and legends plain. The centering is good, if not perfect. The eye appeal is about unbeatable.

The patagon, or "cross dollar," is one of several crown-sized denominations of the Low Countries that saw worldwide circulation during the 16th and 17th centuries. The Lion dollar is the most famous (and was perhaps the most widespread). The patagon was more valuable at the time; in a 1702 Royal Mint assay, Isaac Newton valued cross patagons at 4 shillings, fivepence and Lion dollars at 3 shillings, eightpence. A patagon was worth about the same as a French ecu or a Spanish colonial 8 reales. Just has 4 reales are rarer than 8 reales and half Lion dollars are a dozen or more times rarer than full Lion dollars, so too half patagons are many times rarer than patagons. This is far and away the best one I've owned.

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 7011

Listed below are blog articles related to this product listing, if applicable:

Description

Details

Spanish Netherlands, Nijmegen. 1578 half patagon. Choice Extremely Fine. Outstanding quality for this typically crude (and always scarce) issue, struck in the town of Nijmegen on the eastern border of the modern Netherlands. The surfaces show lively lustre and superb old toning in shades of rose-gold, olive, and pastel blue. The strike is at least as good as usually seen, with some natural planchet flaws not sufficiently struck out at central obverse but most design elements and legends plain. The centering is good, if not perfect. The eye appeal is about unbeatable.

The patagon, or "cross dollar," is one of several crown-sized denominations of the Low Countries that saw worldwide circulation during the 16th and 17th centuries. The Lion dollar is the most famous (and was perhaps the most widespread). The patagon was more valuable at the time; in a 1702 Royal Mint assay, Isaac Newton valued cross patagons at 4 shillings, fivepence and Lion dollars at 3 shillings, eightpence. A patagon was worth about the same as a French ecu or a Spanish colonial 8 reales. Just has 4 reales are rarer than 8 reales and half Lion dollars are a dozen or more times rarer than full Lion dollars, so too half patagons are many times rarer than patagons. This is far and away the best one I've owned.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 7011

Related Blog Article(s)

Listed below are blog articles related to this product listing, if applicable:

Post your comment

John Kraljevich Americana