Holland 1586 real Dav-8842

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Schulman sale 347, lot 226

This specimen was lot 226 in Schulman sale 347 (Amsterdam, April 2015), where it sold for €1,600 (about US$2,059 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted, "leicesterreaal. 1586. gelauwerd borstbeeld van de graaf van leicester naar rechts ❀ CONCORDIA· RES· PARVÆ·CRESCVNT· HOL·. Kz. pijlenbundel met daaromheen de wapentjes van de zes provinciën MO· ORDIN· PROVIN· FOEDER· BELGIÆ· 1586·. RR. Mooi en sterk uitgemunt portret op de voorzijde. Zeer fraai." Davenport listed this type for 1586 only. The Earl of Leicester was sent by queen Elizabeth of England to assist the Dutch in their struggle for independence from the Spanish. His arrogance, extravagance and incompetence do not seem to have done the Dutch any favors and he returned to England blaming others for his failure. Holland was in the heart of the United Provinces and Leicester daalders were struck in the other provinces as well (see Dav-8828).

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 33.79 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-8842, Delm. 891; V. 43.4.


  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1484-1600, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1977.
  • [1]Absil, Eddy, Florentine van Hees, Tim Poelman, Catelijne van den Bosch, Evert Philippeau, Andrew Absil, Schulman sale 347, Amsterdam: Schulman b.v., 2015.

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