Coin worth a look


The Dutch type of a ducat was introduced in 1586, with the Leicester Ordinance. Gold ducats were minted from 1586 until 1808 as so-called “old type” ducats. Subsequently, gold ducats with Lodewijk Napoleon on the obverse and 1814-1816 gold ducats (with more modern design of the obverse, and with the reverse unchanged) were minted in Utrecht. …

In the recent Fritz Rudolf Künker Spring Auction Sale 2017, ended on March 16, 2017 a few rare Netherlands gold ducats was available for bidding. One of them was the Deventer 1635 ducat (Lot 5137), an extremely rare date. The coin was sold for 1,888 EUR = $2,025, incl. Buyer’s Premium fee. You may see this coin …

In the recent Fritz Rudolf Künker Auction 279, ended on June 23, 2016 a number of the Netherlands gold ducats was available for bidding. One of them was the Kampen 1659 ducat (Lot 3594). In this condition this coin was of the great rarity. The coin was sold for 3,690 EUR = $4,203, incl. Buyer’s Premium fee. You …

In the recent Solidus Numismatik auction, ended on April 23, 2016 a nice condition Friesland 1587 ducat was available for bidding (Lot 485). Although Friesland ducats minted in the 16th century are relatively common, most of them are in VF condition. It is a condition rarity of the Friesland ducat, minted in Leeuwarden. The coin was sold for 826 EUR = …

The first gold ducats minted in The Netherlands were not those of the Dutch type, which were those minted starting in 1586 with a knight holding a bunch of arrows on the obverse side and an inscription in a square on the reverse. Gold ducats were already being minted  in 1583, but only a few …

Middelburg ducat klippes, are in fact not ducats, but crowns. They were minted in various weights: single (3.5 gm), double (7.0 gm), quadruple (14 gm), and probably a triple (10.5 gm) as well.  The coins sold in the recent CNG auction are single klippe “ducats”, but they differ significantly. The first one (with the date …

What makes this Utrecht 1684 ducat a special coin is the countermark “B”, for Batavia. Batavia (Jakarta today) was a primary city of the Dutch East India Company, known as the VOC from its Dutch name. Because the Netherlands gold ducats were trade coins, invented for use in international trade, a large number of them …

This piedfort was minted in 1673 in a temporary mint in Amsterdam. The Holland provincial mint was moved from Dordrecht to Amsterdam due to the French invasion in 1672. Simply put, Amsterdam was a safer location. The Amsterdam piedfort ducat was the only date of the Holland (province) gold ducats minted outside the official mint …

Recently we had an opportunity to spend $60,500 on the special set of the Netherlands coins. They were sold in the XIX Triton auction by CNG (Dr. Lawrence A. Adams Collection): 1. Middelburg 1573 klippe ducat – sold for $16,940 (incl. BP) 2. Middelburg 1574 klippe ducat (a commemorative piece) – sold for $13,310 (incl. BP) …