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United States Mint to release 10-coin set of circulating quarters on November 21

The U.S. Mint will open sales for the 2017 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set (product code 17AC) starting on November 21 at noon Eastern Time (ET).

This year’s set includes 10 circulating quarters — five from the Philadelphia Mint and five from the Denver Mint — with reverse designs honoring Effigy Mounds National Monument (Iowa), Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (Washington, DC), Ozark National Scenic Riverways (Missouri), Ellis Island (New Jersey), and George Rogers Clark National Historical Park (Indiana).

About the United States Mint
The United States Mint was created by Congress in 1792 and became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873.  It is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce.  The United States Mint also produces numismatic products, including Proof, Uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver and gold bullion coins.  Its numismatic programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to taxpayers. The Mint is celebrating its 225th anniversary in 2017 (#USMint225).

United Kingdom: 2018 sovereigns with special privy mark honour 65th anniversary of Queen’s coronation

The Royal Mint has struck a series of gold sovereigns which are specially produced to remember the 65th anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen’s coronation. The celebratory editions of the 2018-dated sovereigns, the “Coins of the Monarch,” feature a special mintmark depicting a royal crown with “65” entwined in the design.

The regal “65” mintmark was specially created for the occasion by Royal Mint coin designers Natasha Preece and Joseph Melia, and can be found as part of Benedetto Pistrucci’s legendary effigy of St. George slaying the dragon on the reverse of this series of sovereign coins. The size, style, and placement of the mark were carefully considered to make sure they complemented Pistrucci’s classic and iconic motif.

The story behind the Pistrucci sovereign has become legendary in British numismatic history, which in 2017 celebrated the 200th year of the introduction of the design for gold, and later, silver coinage. In the early 18th century, the effects of the Napoleonic Wars and a chronic shortage of silver meant that the United Kingdom’s circulating coinage was in poor condition. The Great Re-Coinage Act of 1816 was the result of these financially destructive wars and precipitated the replacement of gold-based coinage, and that of the guinea in circulation since 1663, with new gold and — for the first time since 1787 — silver circulation coins.

The re-coinage and exchange of 1816–17, which introduced or re-instated a gold sovereign equal to 20 shillings and silver crown coins of five shillings, would transform the nation’s economy, resulting in greater scrutiny — as well as greater efficiency — than ever before. The Royal Mint had moved to a new location in Tower Hill, equipped to meet the new demands with modern steam-powered machinery which produced exemplary coinage in terms of quality, design, and security. Alongside this activity, legislation would formalise the gold standard, setting out the coins to be produced and the standards to which they would be struck. The new sovereign (or pound) coin circulated alongside the 21-shilling gold guinea for a time, which was to be expected, but it was essential that the sovereign was distinctive from the existing gold coin.

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The chosen reverse design was the instantly recognisable motif of St. George slaying the dragon created by Benedetto Pistrucci, whose work is now acknowledged across the world as a masterpiece. While the sovereign has deviated from the iconic St. George depiction at times, it always returns to this now 200-year-old design.

The sovereign for 2018 will include the additional mink or privy mark of the numeral “65” superimposed over a small depiction of St. Edward’s crown. This very crown was used at the coronation of the Queen on the 2nd June 1953, as the Queen was crowned by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The assembled guests shouted “God save the Queen!” three times at the exact moment St. Edward’s crown touched the monarch’s head. The crown is placed just to the left of the year date which appears under the depiction of St. George on the quarter-, half-, one-, and double-sovereign coins, and on the right side of the year for the £5 gold piece. The obverse of the sovereign coins features the fifth definitive effigy of Her Majesty, created by Royal Mint engraver Jody Clark. The effigy was introduced in 2015 and has been used on all British circulation coinage as well as on many collector and commemorative coins since.

Denomination Metal Weight Diameter Quality Maximum Mintage
Quarter sovereign .9176 Gold 1.99 g 13.5 mm Proof 2,500
Half sovereign .9176 Gold 3.99 g 19.3 mm Proof 2,500
Sovereign .9176 Gold 7.98 g 22.05 mm Proof 10,500
Double sovereign .9176 Gold 15.97 g 28.4 mm Proof *1,500
£5 gold piece .9176 Gold 39.94 g 36.02 mm Proof *750

The 2018 gold Proof £5 coin is available only as part of the Sovereign 2018 Five-Coin Gold Proof Set. The double sovereign is available only as part of the five-, four-, or three-coin Proof set. The quarter-, half-, and one-sovereign coins are available in all options of coin sets, including specially presented three-coin sets, or they can be bought separately. For additional information on these and other coins released by the Royal Mint.

The Genius of Benedetto Pistrucci and His Iconic Design

Benedetto Pistrucci (1783–1855), a native of Rome, Italy, came to London in 1815 under the patronage of the prince-regent, later King George IV. He was relatively unknown in Britain, but his reputation attracted interest and he quickly found sponsors and supporters of his work. Soon after his arrival, his engraving talent was recognised, as he was given the prestigious task of creating the designs for the new gold and silver coins of George III, which were part of the country’s new overhaul of the coinage system that was introduced in 1817.

Pistrucci’s rendition of the story of St. George slaying the dragon has become synonymous with the sovereign. He created an interpretation that defied the medieval image of St. George, instead opting for a more classical or Greek interpretation — bare and muscular — not weighed down with the usual chain mail and armour. The inscription HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE, a Latin motto meaning “Evil unto him that thinks evil of it,” has featured on the coat of the royal arms of the United Kingdom for centuries, encircling the primary motif, and was used on both the gold sovereigns as well as the first year of the new silver crown coin. The motto, which was inscribed on a belt or ribbon motif, was removed after 1821.

As chief medalist, Pistrucci went on to design the portraits of Kings George III and George IV that appeared on gold sovereigns and for the new silver crown of five shillings, among other coins and medals — many considered masterpieces during Pistrucci’s lifetime. He died in 1855 and was buried in Surrey, where his prominent gravestone cites his title as “Her Majesty’s Chief Medallist.”

Australia: Imaginative coin collection features solar system depicted on all denominations

The Royal Australian Mint have released a new 10-coin collection which imaginatively uses all of the current (and two previously circulating) coin denominations to depict the our solar system’s nine planets (including Pluto), plus the sun. Using all six denominations presently in circulation, from the five-cent to the $2 coins, plus the previous one- and two-cent coins (which were officially discontinued in 1992), the design cleverly depicts the various planets which correspond to their size on the largest and smallest coins.

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The heavens and planets have fascinated the human race ever since many ancient peoples and civilisations were able to deduce that the celestial bodies were, in fact, part of one solar system, and that their own planet was part of a vast world which had been previously considered the home of the gods. Myths, stories, and superstitions prevailed about the heavens in ancient Chinese, Egyptian, and South American civilisations. Many myths and legends were devised over the centuries to explain their presence; the planets which appeared as stars were named after the various gods in the Roman and Greek civilisations, and their similarities were astounding between the two peoples.

As the Old and New worlds came together from the 15th century onwards, the world learned that the planets also held a great fascination to the Aztec and Mayan civilisations, whose calendars were astonishingly accurate in terms of predicting eclipses, measuring the time in which the earth revolved around the sun, and documenting the stages of the moon during a year.

This new series brings together a love of coins and a fascination with the wonders of our solar system by highlighting the differences between the various planets using the various sizes and denominations of the coins.

Packed within an information-filled pop-up book which features colour printing and a special bimetallic coin to represent Saturn, the series also brings back two coins which have not been seen in circulation in 25 years. The series is an ideal centrepiece, from the youngest stargazer to the most established astronomer. For additional information on these and other coins offered by the Royal Australian Mint.

Latvia: Historic regions feature on new €2 commemorative coins

Background photo by Gatis Pāvils.

The Bank of Latvia have issued (14th November) two 2-euro commemorative coins dedicated to the historic provinces of Kurzeme and Latgale. Since the re-establishment of Latvian independence in 1991, the division of Latvia into cultural and historical regions of Vidzeme, Latgale, Kurzeme, and Zemgale is stipulated by article three of the Satversme, or the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia.

For the Bank of Latvia’s contribution to national celebrations of the centenary of its first declaration of independence in 1918, four €2 commemorative coins featuring the coat of arms of Latvia’s cultural and historical regions will be issued by the end of 2018. The symbols incorporated into the crests, or coat of arms, established by the Regulations on Coats of Arms of Latvia’s Regions, adopted on the 26th April 1930, in accordance with article 81 of the Satversme, are related to historical developments in the present-day territory of Latvia. In 2012, a special law was passed to ensure legal protection of these coats of arms as national symbols.

The coins are produced by the Staatliche Münze Baden-Württemberg, on behalf of the Bank of Latvia, and are designed by artist Laimonis Šēnbergs while the plaster models are created by Jānis Strupulis.

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The first coin is dedicated to Kurzeme. The coat of arms of Kurzeme has been carried over from Gotthard Kettler’s coat of arms. He was the first Duke of Kurzeme and Zemgale. The crest includes a lion standing and facing to the right.

The second coin honours Latgale. A standing griffin is depicted facing to the right on a blue background with a sword in its right paw. Images of the coat of arms of Latvia’s cultural and historical regions had not yet been used in coin design until the issue of this new series. The reverse side of the €2 coin is that of the common reverse design used on all currently circulating Euro-zone type coinage. The finely milled edge of both coins features the inscription DIEVS SVĒTĪ LATVIJU (God Bless Latvia), the words separated by stars.

Denomination Metal Weight Diameter Quality Maximum Mintage
€2 Bi-metalic 8.5 g 25.7 mm Uncirculated 500,000
€2 Bi-metalic 8.5 g 25.7 mm Brilliant Unc. 7,000

These coins, featuring the coat of arms of Kurzeme and Latgale, continue the series of 2-euro commemorative coins dedicated to Latvia’s cultural and historical regions. It is one of Latvijas Banka’s contributions to the country’s centenary. A 2-euro commemorative coin with the coat of arms of Vidzeme was issued last year. In the country’s centenary year of 2018, a coin dedicated to Zemgale will conclude the series of coins. The commemorative coins will be produced for both circulation and collector’s pieces.

U.S. Mint launches final America the Beautiful quarter of 2017 near the banks of the Wabash

Hannah Swan, a musician and former Vincennes University student, sings the National Anthem during the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park quarter launch in Vincennes, Indiana. The coin is the 40th release in the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program. U.S. Mint photo by Jill Westeyn.

The Mint held a ceremony today near the Wabash River in Vincennes, Indiana, to officially launch the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park quarter, the 40th release in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program and the final coin of 2017.

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The reverse design featured on this latest quarter depicts George Rogers Clark leading his men through the flooded plains approaching Fort Sackville.

The launch event drew some 1,800 people, including 1,100 school children. The coin forum the preceding evening was attended by 125 people.

“This new coin is a reminder of the unity of effort and spirit that our predecessors embodied and demonstrated,” said Acting Deputy Director David Motl, who represented the Mint. “The foresight, camaraderie, and determination of George Rogers Clark and his men are important examples to all of us as to how individuals from different backgrounds are able to come together, work toward achieving the same objective, and create a lasting impression.”

United States Mint Acting Deputy Director Dave Motl addresses the crowd gathered for the coin forum at the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park Visitor Center. U.S. Mint photo by Sharon McPike.

Motl shared the stage with a host of other speakers, including park superintendent Frank Doughman and City Council member Dan Ravellette. Regional director Tony Goben, district director Brenda Goff, and district director Carol Jones spoke on behalf of U.S. Senators Joe Donnelly and Todd Young, and U.S. Representative Larry Bucshon, respectively.

The George Rogers Clark Fife and Drum group entertains the audience before the November 14, 2017, ceremony to launch the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park quarter. U.S. Mint photo by Sharon McPike.

Additional highlights included performances by the George Rogers Clark Fife and Drum Corps and the Vogel Elementary School Choir, and an appearance by U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion Program artist Frank Morris, who designed the quarter’s reverse. The Mint’s traditional coin exchange of newly minted $10 quarter rolls was held after the ceremony; $42,000 in Philadelphia Mint quarters were exchanged.

Austria: “A Lion in Winter” features on new silver coin released just in time for the holiday season

Background photo by Markus Leupold-Löwenthal.

The Mint of Austria have unveiled the design of their new €5 2018-dated coin which is released in time for the holidays and has become a firm favourite for gift-giving. This year’s festive €5 coin is themed “A Lion in Winter” and takes its inspiration from a motif spanning back some 650 years, where the lustrous head of a lion — its mischievous grin framed by a handsome flowing mane — was traditionally chosen to represent the season of winter. This charming, almost feminine representation of a lion was found on the cover of the oldest book among the millions that make up the impressive collection of the Austrian National Library. Authored by Catholic priest Johannes von Troppau in 1368, the Holy Gospels are transcribed in gold in this wonderful tome alongside detailed illustrations.

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The nine-sided, 2018-dated coin is designed by Helmut Andexlinger, Anna Rastl, and Herbert Wähner, and includes a stylised, front-facing image of a lion with its curly mane flowing in every direction. The year of issue, 2018, is placed just below the primary motif. The reverse side includes the coats of arms of the nine federal provinces of Austria.

Denom. Metal Weight Diameter Quality Maximum Mintage
€5 .925 Silver 7.7 g 28.5 mm Uncirculated 200,000
€5 Copper 8.9 g 28.5 mm Brilliant Unc. 50,000

The New Year coin, which features a different Austrian New Year theme each year, is available in Uncirculated quality and is presented in a colourful blister-pak folder suitable as the perfect gift both for coin collectors or friends and family alike. In addition to the silver version €5 coins, the Lion in Winter holiday coins will be issued in pure copper in Brilliant Uncirculated quality at commercial banks and post offices. For additional information on these and other coins released by the Mint of Austria.

France: Popular “7 Arts” series continues with gold and silver coins featuring the art of French sculptor Auguste Rodin

The Monnaie de Paris has released new coins which are part of their ongoing series entitled “The 7 Arts.” The series focuses on various disciplines in the art world, including: architecture, sculpture, painting, music, poetry, dance, and performance arts such as acting. The series commenced in 2013 with the first set of coins dedicated to dance and featured the extraordinary talents of renowned ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, as well as the architectural masterpiece of the Opéra Garnier.

The year of 2017 also marks the centenary anniversary of the death of Auguste Rodin, the remarkable sculptor who made a great impact in the world of art with masterpieces famous throughout the world such as “The Thinker” and “The Kiss.” On the centenary anniversary of his death, Rodin has been chosen to feature on this year’s “The 7 Arts” set of coins. (Earlier 7 Arts coins honoring Rodin were covered here.)

22-gram .900 silver coin.

The coins in the set share the same obverse and reverse designs, which include 50-euro gold and 10-euro silver pieces that are designed by famed fashion creator Christian Lacroix, artistic adviser to the Monnaie de Paris since 2010. The obverse includes a representation of ”The Thinker,” the masterpiece for which Auguste Rodin is most remembered for. In the background is a depiction of the Biron hostel, where the Rodin Museum is located. It is surrounded by the inscription La Sculpture, evoking one of the seven arts honoured.

The reverse of the coin bears a portrait of Auguste Rodin with the face value and his name. The background is a stone-like surface, representing the feel of stone or rough marble.

Denom. Metal Weight Diameter Quality Maximum Mintage
€10 .900 Silver 22 g 37 mm Proof 3,000
€50 .999 Gold 7.78 g 22 mm Proof 500

Both coins come as separate purchases and are presented in custom cases with a certificate of authenticity. The very popular series, which began in 2013, will conclude in 2019. For additional information on these and other coins released by the Monnaie de Paris

Latvia: National folklore song “Smith Forges in the Sky” features on latest silver collector coin

Background photo by Algirdas.

The Bank of Latvia have issued (2nd November) a new silver coin which is dedicated to Latvian folk songs, and features some lines from one of them, titled “Smith Forges in the Sky.” The Latvian name for folk songs, “dainas,” is borrowed from Lithuanian and has become a keyword for the folk song tradition and the accomplishments of Krišjānis Barons (1835–1923), as well as a symbol of the Latvian identity. The Cabinet of Folk Songs now forms a part of the Latvian folklore collection and is located at the Latvian National Library. On the flip side, mythical folk songs are still able to inspire and sometimes enable Latvians to look at the world with an almost child-like innocence, as there are good and bad days in life — just like in folk songs.

The drawings depict objects of nature and natural phenomena. As this is a very common motif in folk songs, this particular category of the genre takes up quite a lot of space in Krišjānis Barons Cabinet of Folk Songs, which has been featured on the list of Registered Heritage of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme since 2001.

The song tells the tale of a fierce rider who personifies the element of nature pouring down from the heavens — providing the nourishment required for fertility and prosperity. In the Latvian mythology, this heavenly smith is called “Thunder” or “Father Thunder,” and he has quite a big family including a mother, daughters, sons, and even a daughter-in-law. Many folk songs mention as many as nine sons of Thunder who also play the pipes and beat the drums. The daughters of Thunder create rain; his wife sifts the rain, but she too can also rumble. Father Thunder can be armed with a sword, a whip, an iron rod, a bolt, an arrow, and a fiery bludgeon. His counterparts in the mythology of other nations are Jupiter, the ancient Roman god, and the mighty Zeus of the ancient Greeks. Thunder was a very popular deity in the present-day territory of Latvia as suggested by, for example, an observation made by the Jesuits of Daugavpils in 1734 describing how mead, an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water, was brought to the middle of a field as an offering to the holy Thunder.

Smith forges in the sky,
The coals burst into the Daugava;
I spread my shawl on the ground
And collect a pile of silver.

The coin is struck by the Royal Dutch Mint on behalf of the Bank of Latvia and is designed by Edgars Folks (graphic design) and Ligita Franckeviča (plaster model). The obverse side features a horseman wearing an ethnic outfit at the centre of the coin. His right hand is raised and holding an orb shooting nine lightning bolts in various directions. Clouds and raindrops surround the horse. The inscription KALĒJS KALA DEBESĪS, OGLES BIRA DAUGAVĀ. (Smith forges in the sky, the coals burst into the Daugava.) is arranged in a semi-circle below.

The reverse side features on the upper part images of ethnic Latvian jewelry and raindrops (including a horseshoe fibula, which starred on an issue in the Latvian Gold Brooches series). The inscription 5 EURO and a shawl with a jeweled headpiece are featured in the bottom part, with the inscription of the year 2017 placed to the right. The words ES PAKLĀJU VILLAINĪTI, MAN PIEBIRA SUDRABIŅA. (I spread my shawl on the ground and collect a pile of silver.) is arranged in a semi-circle above the central motif. The coin’s edge is incused with the inscriptions LATVIJAS BANKA and LATVIJAS REPUBLIKA separated by rhombic dots.

Denom. Metal Weight Diameter Quality Maximum Mintage
€5 .925 Silver 31.4 g 38.6 mm Proof 4,000

From the 2nd November, the coin will be on sale at the Bank of Latvia’s Cashier’s Offices (K. Valdemāra iela 1B in Riga and Teātra iela 3 in Liepāja) as well as online via Latvijas Banka’s website, which offers a wide range of collector coins and other numismatic products issued by the Latvijas Banka. The coin will also be available at traditional points of sale, such as numismatic shops, bookstores, and souvenir and jewelry shops within Latvia.

Israel: Biblical Art series continues with gold and silver coins featuring the story of creation, Adam and Eve

The Bank of Israel have issued (30th October) a new set of coins which feature the Biblical story of Adam and Eve. According to the story of creation in the Old Testament, God created Adam and placed him in the Garden of Eden (or the Garden of Delight) — the best place on earth — where pleasant trees and fruits were in abundance and there was no need to work hard.

And God said, It is not good for Man to be alone … (Genesis 2:18). God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man … and He took from him, one of his ribs and from this, He made a woman and brought her to the Man.

— Genesis 2:21-22

Adam called his wife Eve and the couple lived happily together. However, the Garden of Eden utopia was not destined to last long. The one limitation to their freedom was not to eat the alluring fruit of the Tree of Knowledge — but they could not resist the temptation. The sly serpent tempted Eve into tasting the forbidden fruit and she, in turn, tempted Adam. Thus, the most significant sin of mankind was committed by the first couple created. They were banished from the Garden of Eden, and, depending on which story you follow, the first couple left Eden and travelled east (according to the Greek version) or west (according to the Latin version) to live out their lives where their sons and daughters were born.

14.4-gram silver coin.

31.1-gram silver coin.

1.244-gram gold coin.

16.96-gram gold coin.

The four coins are produced by the Royal Dutch Mint on behalf of the Bank of Israel and are designed by artist Yossi Lemel, with both gold and silver versions sharing similar designs. The obverse depicts an artistic representation of a fig leaf, incorporating the outline of a man and woman representing Adam and Eve.

14.4-gram silver coin.

31.1-gram silver coin.

1.244-gram gold coin.

16.96-gram gold coin.

The reverse includes the face value of 1 shekel for one gold and one silver variation. Additionally, the Israeli state emblem, along with the text Israel, is included in English, Hebrew, and Arabic. The mint year and mintmark — either the Hebrew letter “מ” (Mem) denoting a Proof-quality strike or the star of David for the prooflike version — and the inscription ADAM AND EVE in the three languages, along with decorative elements representing fig leaves, completes the design.

Denom. Metal Weight Diameter Quality Maximum Mintage
1 shekel .925 Silver 14.4 g 30 mm Prooflike 1,800
2 shekels .999 Silver 31.1 g 38.7 mm Proof 2,800
1 shekel .999 Gold 1.244 g 13.9 mm Proof 5,000
10 shekels .917 Gold 16.96 g 30 mm Proof 555

The coins are part of an ongoing series entitled “Biblical Art” and is the 21st set since its first issue in 1994 (with the series entitled “The Binding of Isaac”). The coins are available as separate purchases, a set of two silver and one gold coin (10 shekels) and as a two-coin silver set. All variations are presented in custom cases with certificate of authenticity. For more information on these and other coins issued by the Bank of Israel.

Netherlands: New silver Proof ducat coin representing the historical province of Utrecht is issued

The Royal Dutch Mint have issued (29th September) the latest silver ducat in their present series,“Silver Ducats.” The traditional trade coin, which was a staple of European commerce and in many colonial states in the Americas, Asia, and Africa, is re-created to exact specifications and issued in a variety of designs. The current coin is the seventh issue in the series, which represents “The Twelve Provinces” of the Netherlands.

The second 2017-dated ducat depicts Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, a leading statesman of the Dutch Republic, in the armour of the Anonymous Knight. Johan van Oldenbarnevelt (1547–1619) was a lawyer, statesman, and, after William I (the Silent), he is the second founding father of an independent Netherlands. He was married to Maria van Utrecht (1551–1629), who was herself a notable figure in the Dutch Revolt against Spanish rule, and holds a prominent position in the overall history of the Netherlands. Van Oldenbarnevelt is also remembered in Dutch history as the founder of the Dutch East India Company in 1602, a similar version of the English-based East India Company. The Dutch East India Company also issued coins in an effort to increase trade in the regions where they were active, so this coin has a very close connection with van Oldenbarnevelt.

The Province of Utrecht is historical in terms of its importance as the place where several peace treaties were signed, including the Union of Utrecht accord in 1579 which united the northern provinces of the Netherlands (until then under the control of Habsburg Spain). The Treaty of Utrecht signed in 1713 ended the war of the Spanish succession, which ushered in a relatively prolonged period of peace between the powers of Europe. Since 1806, the city of Utrecht has been the site of one of the primary Dutch Mints, the second location being in Brussels. Utrecht became the sole location of Dutch minting after the independence of Belgium in 1830.

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The obverse side of the coin depicts a standing Johan van Oldenbarnevelt (also Lord of Gunterstein), whose seat was in Breukelen, Utrecht. He is donning the uniform and armour of the Anonymous Knight and standing over an outline of the historical boundaries of the province of Utrecht. He is accompanied by the shield of the province. The crowned crest consists of two lions rampant alternated by two crossed shields. The Latin inscription around the coin MO: NO: ARG: REG: BELGII: TRAJ translates to “New Silver Money of the Belgian Kingdom, county of Utrecht.”

The reverse of the coin includes the modern Dutch crest, crowned, along with the year of issue, seen as two digits on either side of the shield. The Latin text around the crest reads CONDORDIA RES PARAVE CRESCUNT, or, “In harmony small things grow.”

Denom. Metal Weight Diameter Quality Maximum Mintage
Ducat .873 Silver 28.2 g 40 mm Proof 4,000

The Dutch silver ducat continues to have the status of a legal tender coin and has been in continuous production since the years of the Dutch Republic (1581–1795). The new examples continue to be struck in the standard .873 silver fineness commonly used for this type of trade coin. The overall style of design of this popular series will change after all 12 Dutch provinces have been represented. This will be the last silver ducat minted with the present privy mark, a sailboat with a star, as a new mintmaster has been appointed.

For additional information on this and other coins offered by the Royal Dutch Mint.