Netherlands 1808-B 2-1/2 gulden Dav-229

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Heritage sale 3030, lot 24736
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24736 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $10,575. The catalog description[1] noted, "Kingdom of Holland. Louis Napoleon 2 1/2 Gulden 1808-Bee, MS62 NGC Millennia Collection, a choice example of this classic rarity with aged cabinet patina and sharply struck design features. A most attractive piece with an important pedigree. From The Formosa Collection." This type was struck 1808 only. The portrait is of Louis Napoleon, Napoleon's brother, installed on the throne in hopes that his regime would enforce Napoleon's trade restrictions. Louis quickly came to side with the Dutch attitude towards smuggling and he was evicted in 1810 and the country annexed to France. A variety of coins were issued during his rule, ten and fifty stuivers, rijksdaalders, florins, guldens and ducats. When the kingdom of the Netherlands was reconstituted in 1815 under the prince of Orange, the coinage was reformed with the gulden as the base unit.

Recorded mintage: unknown but few.

Specification: 26.34 g, .912 fine silver, .772 troy oz ASW, lettered edge.

Catalog reference: Davenport 229; KM 32, Sch-136.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Peters, T., J. Scheper and J. Mevius, Muntalmanak 2014, 31e editie, Amsterdam: Nederlandse vereniging van munthandelaren, 2013.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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