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3130584
313, Lot: 584. Estimate $150.
Sold for $100. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

LOW COUNTRIES, Brabant. Antoon van Bourgondië. 1406-1415. AR Gros Botdrager (24mm, 2.32 g, 8h). Louvain mint. Struck circa 1410-1412. ΛnThOnIVS : DЄI : GRΛ : DVX : BRΛBΛnTIЄ, lion of Brabant seated left; LOVΛn below / MOnЄTΛ DVC : BRΛBΛnTIЄ ЄT : LIMB, long cross over arms of Brabant. Vanhoudt G 343; Delmonte, Brabant 247; De Mey, Louvain & Brabant 268; de Witte 436; Roberts 8303. Good VF, toned, usual areas of weak strike.


Antoine was the son of Philippe le Hardi and brother of Jean sans Peur, both dukes of Burgundy, and was the first duke of Brabant from the French house of Valois. However, he is best known for his tragic participation in the Battle of Agincourt. Arriving late to the battlefield, he donned a makeshift armor in order to joint the fight in a timely manner. Not long after, Antoine was captured by the British, and relegated to their holding area for captives, which was located near the British baggage train. Soon, a contingent of French troops raided the baggage train, and the British feared that they would free the French captives, so they put them to the sword. Typically, captives who were of ransom value (e.g. a noble) would be spared, but, seeing the makeshift armor Antoine wore, thought his claim to be the duke was a ruse, and killed him. His younger brother, Philip II, Count of Nevers, also died in the battle.