Netherlands 1809 rijksdaalder Dav-231

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Jean Elsen sale 140, lot 823
This specimen was lot 823 in Jean Elsen sale 140 (Brussels, March 2019), where it sold for €22,000 (about US$29,302 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"NEDERLAND, Koninkrijk Holland, Lodewijk Napoleon (1806-1810), AR rijksdaalder, 1809. 2de nieuwe type. Kabelrand. Vz/ LODEW. NAP. KON. VAN HOLL. Hoofd n. r. Kz/ KONINGRIJK- HOLLAND Gekroond wapenschild van het Koninkrijk Holland tussen R-Dr. Zeer zeldzaam Prachtexemplaar met mooie patina. Fleur de Coin. Afkomstig van Delmonte, Brussel, 1974. (kingdom of Holland, Louis Napoleon, 1806-10, silver rixdollar of 1809, second new type, cabled edge. Obverse: head right; reverse: crowned arms divide the denomination. Very rare cabinet piece with handsome toning, Uncirculated.)"
This type was struck 1809 only to the standard of the old silver ducat. 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 adopt 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 (shown here), 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.

Specification: stated in the SCWC to be 26.34 g, .912 fine silver. More likely 28.07 g, .868 fine silver, as this specimen is 28,08 g.

Catalog reference: KM 36, Sch. 135, Dav-231.


  • 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]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 140, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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