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Research Coins: Feature Auction

Sale: CNG 75, Lot: 1231. Estimate $150. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 23 May 2007. 
Sold For $665. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

LOW COUNTRIES, Vlaanderen (Flanders). Filips IV de Schone (the Handsome). 1482-1506. Æ Double Mite (0.59 g, 3h). Gent mint. Dated 1489. Lion standing left within coat of arms / Short cross; mintmark in center. G&H 151; De Mey, Flanders 644; Levinson II-120; Frey 334B. Fine, toned, a bit porous. Rare.

From the Robert A. Levinson Collection.

The city of Gent struck this coin in revolt against Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I. The city, enraged by Maximilian’s high taxes, sought the support of King Charles VIII of France, Maximilian’s rival. Charles gave the city permission to strike coinage under the name of the sovereign of Burgundy, Philip the Handsome, who was a child at the time and still under the regency of his father Maximilian.