Netherlands 1851 5 gulden

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Jean Elsen sale 138, lot 1164
This specimen was lot 1164 in Jean Elsen sale 138 (Brussels, September 2018), where it sold for €4,200 (about US$5,791 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"NEDERLAND, Koninkrijk, Willem III (1849-1890), 5 gulden (halve Willem of halve negotiepenning), 1851. Zeer zeldzaam Minieme krasjes. Met gepolijste stempels geslagen. bijna Fleur de Coin. (kingdom of the Netherlands, William III, 1849-90, five gulden of 1851. Very scarce proof.)"
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: 10,000.

Specification: 3.36 g, .900 fine gold, 18.5 mm diameter, .097 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 94, Fr-341, Sch-548.


  • 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]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 138, Collection A. BLONDEL, Collection M. HENDRICKX, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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