Netherlands 1869 2-1/2 gulden

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Jean Elsen sale 140, lot 835
This specimen was lot 835 in Jean Elsen sale 140 (Brussels, March 2019), where it sold for €360 (about US$480 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"NEDERLAND, Koninkrijk, Willem III (1849-1890), AR 2 1/2 gulden, 1869. Krasjes. Mooie patina. bijna Fleur de Coin. (kingdom of the Netherlands, William III, 1849-90, silver 2½ gulden of 1869. a few nicks, nice toning, about Uncirculated.)"
The specimen shown is a late date of a type struck at the Utrecht mint for the Netherlands 1849-74. Most of the dates are common. 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: 5,046,192, fairly common.

Specification: 25 g, .945 fine silver, 38 mm diameter, edge lettered GOD * ZY * MET * ONS *.

Catalog reference: Schulman 595, Dav-236, KM 82.


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  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 140, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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