Netherlands 1850 5 gulden

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Heritage sale 3016, lot 24816
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24816 in Heritage sale 3016 (New York, January 2012), where it sold for $12,650. The catalog description[1] noted, "Willem III gold 5 Gulden 1850, Proof 65 Ultra Cameo NGC, a spectacular example of this rare type with deeply mirrored surfaces and an appealing cameo frost to the raised details. The 1850 was struck in Proof only, and is one of the classic rarities of the Dutch series." The kingdom of the Netherlands was formed from the former United Provinces by the Treaty of Vienna in 1815. The house of Nassau, former Stadtholders, were promoted to king. This type, issued 1850-51 along with ten and twenty gulden, is so rare as to practically be a pattern. The five and twenty gulden were never adopted for regular issue and the ten gulden is best known from KM 106 issued 1876-89.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: 3.36 g, .900 fine gold, .097 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 94, Sch-547.


  • Peters, T., J. Scheper and J. Mevius, Muntalmanak 2014, 31e editie, Amsterdam: Nederlandse vereniging van munthandelaren, 2013.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, Cristiano Bierrenbach and Scott Cordry, Heritage sale 3016, World and Ancient Coins, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2011.

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