Netherlands 1854 2 ducat
This specimen was lot 3406 in Goldberg sale 85 (Los Angeles, June 2015), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "Netherlands. 2 Ducats, 1854. Utrecht mint. Standing knight facing right, holding sword and arrows. Reverse: Legend in square tablet. Less than 10 struck. A lovely cameo specimen with beautiful golden red surfaces. One of the finest extant! Extremely Rare. One of the most difficult highlights of this classic Dutch trade gold coinage with only a few pieces struck. NGC graded Proof 65 Ultra Cameo." 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 1854, 1867 and 1868, is so rare as to practically be a pattern.
Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.
Specification: 6.98 g, .986 fine gold, 27 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Schulman 561, Fr-343, KM 97.
- Peters, T., J. Scheper and J. Mevius, Muntalmanak 2014, 31e editie, Amsterdam: Nederlandse vereniging van munthandelaren, 2013.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 85: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2015.