Netherlands 1857 2-1/2 gulden
This specimen was lot 35932 in Heritage sale 3038 (Dallas, January 2015), where it sold for $1,175. The catalog description noted, "Willem III 2-1/2 Gulden 1857 MS66 NGC, Utrecht mint. A broad and impressive example with beautiful mottled toning and incredible luster. Seldom encountered in this gem designation. From The Law Collection." The specimen is a better date of a type struck at the Utrecht mint for the Netherlands 1849-74. Most of the dates are common; this one is slightly better. After the final issue of 1874, no 2½ gulden were issued until 1898. The .945 fine alloy seems to be unique to the Netherlands.
Recorded mintage: 3,353,072.
Specification: 25 g, .945 fine silver, .760 troy oz ASW, 38 mm diameter, edge lettered GOD * ZY * MET * ONS *.
- 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.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage Signature Auction 3037, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.