Netherlands 1809 silver ducat Dav-230

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Sincona sale 50, lot 1139
This specimen was lot 1139 in Sincona sale 50 (Zurich, October 2018), where it sold for 16,000 CHF (about US$19,299 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Königreich Holland. Lodewijk Napoleon, 1806-1810. Reichstaler 1809, Utrecht. Von grösster Seltenheit. Hübsche Patina. Gutes vorzüglich. Exemplar der Auktion Schulman 328, Amsterdam 2.11.2007, Nr. 141. (kingdom of Holland, Louis Napoleon, 1806-10, thaler of 1809, Utrecht mint. Of the highest rarity, Attractive patina, Good extremely fine.)"
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: 28.07 g, .868 fine silver, this specimen 28.18 g.

Catalog reference: KM 37, Schulman 134, Dav-230.


  • 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]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 51: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2018.

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