Netherlands 1808 gulden

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Kunker sale 263, lot 1958
This specimen was lot 1958 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €8,500 (about US$10,981 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"KÖNIGREICH HOLLAND Ludwig Napoleon, 1806-1810. 1 Gulden 1808, Utrecht. RR Kabinettstück von polierten Stempeln. Prachtvolle Patina, fast Stempelglanz. (Kingdom of Holland, Louis Napoleon, 1806-10, one gulden of 1808, Utrecht mint. Rare, cabinet specimen struck on polished blank, beautiful patina, choice uncirculated.)"
This type was struck 1808-10 but all dates are rare. 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 rare.

Specification: 10.53 g, .912 fine silver.

Catalog reference: Schulman 153, KM 31.


  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 263, The Friedrich Popken collection of gold and silver coinages | Coins and Medals from Medieval and Modern Times, a. o. the collection of Ernst Otto Horn, part III, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.
  • 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.

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