Holland 1591 daalder Dav-8841

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Schulman sale 344, lot 54
This specimen was lot 245 in Schulman sale 344 (Amsterdam, March 2014), where it sold for €600 (about US$982 including buyer;s fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"gehelmde rijksdaalder of prinsendaalder. 1591. Type II. Geharnast borstbeeld van Willem de Zwijger met zwaard naar rechts x VIGILATE x DEO x CONF – IDENTE ‒ S x jaartal. Kz. provinciewapen onder grote toernooihelm x MONETA x NO x ARG x COMIT x HOL x ❀ x (zonder titel van Zeeland). RR. Miniem slagbarstje en kras op de helm. Prachtig. (prince's daalder of 1591, type II. Half length armored bust of William the Silent with sword to right, date above. Reverse: helmeted arms of the province, without the title of Zeeland. Rare, extremely fine.)
This type is listed in Davenport for 1591-92 and 1600 for Holland. A closely related type is listed for 1601-02 (Dav-4822). Simultaneous with the "prince" daalder (40 stuivers) was the Lion daalder (48 stuivers), the silver ducat (also 48 stuivers), the three gulden (60 stuivers) and the ducaton (silver rider). The catalog does not expalin why so many different large silver coins were felt to be necessary.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 29.03 g, .865 fine silver.

Catalog reference: Delm. 922; V. 45.3; Dav-8841.


  • [1]Abstil, Eddy, Andrew Abstil and Evert Philippeau, Veiling 344: Amsterdam, Schulman B.V., 2014.
  • Delmonte, A., Le Bénélux D'or, Amsterdam: Jacques Schulman N.V., 1964, with supplements to 1977.
  • van der Wis, Jan, and Tom Passon, Catalogus van de Nederlandse Munten geslagen sind bet aantreden van Philips II tot aan het einde van de Bataafse Republiek (1555-1806), 2nd ed., Apeldoorn, Netherlands: Omni-Trading b.v., 2009.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1484-1600, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1977.

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