1404-17 Netherlands 1CD'OR MS61

William VI of Bavaria minted (1404-17) gold Écu d'or au chaise ND Duke seated facing on Gothic throne, a sword in his right hand and a shield with quartered arms of Bavaria-Holland supported by his left; all within a tressure of arches with trefoils in the spandrels : RЄGИΛT : IИPЄRΛT, cross fleurée in quadrilobe with leaves on cusps and trefoils in spandrels.

Duke William II of Bavaria-Straubing (5 April 1365—31 May 1417) was also count William IV of Holland, count William VI of Hainaut and count William V of Zeeland. In 1404 he succeeded his father as Count of Holland, Zeeland and Hainaut and duke of Bavaria-Straubing. He ruled until 1417, when he died from an infection caused by a dog bite.

A gorgeous specimen of this rare issue with strong central motifs in the legends. These early pieces in uncirculated have become increasingly challenging to locate in the past few years. The coin here is the only one we have handled in 10 years in uncirculated condition. All in all, a beautiful and very rare piece, lustrous with original tone not to be seen very often.


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