Utrecht 1659 silver ducat Dav-4902

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Sincona sale 18, lot 2972
the Netherlands in 1648
This specimen was lot 2972 in Sincona sale 18 (Zurich, May 2014), where it sold for CHF 300 (about US$395 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Silberdukat 1659. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. (Netherlands, province of Utrecht, silver ducat of 1659, very fine to extremely fine.)"
Silver ducats were struck in Utrecht and other Dutch provinces until 1794 and are the most common large Dutch silver coin. Simultaneous with the the silver ducat (also 48 stuivers) was the "prince" daalder (40 stuivers), Lion daalder (48 stuivers), the three gulden (60 stuivers) and the ducaton (silver rider). The catalog does not explain why so many different large silver coins were felt to be necessary. This specimen shows the gray stains and light pitting typical of sea salvage.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 28.25 g, .873 fine silver, this specimen 27.84 g.

Catalog reference: Delmonte 979, Dav-4902; KM 48.1.


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  • Delmonte, A., Le Bénélux D'or, Amsterdam: Jacques Schulman N.V., 1964, with supplements to 1977.
  • van der Wis, Jan, and Tom Passon, Catalogus van de Nederlandse Munten geslagen sind bet aantreden van Philips II tot aan het einde van de Bataafse Republiek (1555-1806), 2nd ed., Apeldoorn, Netherlands: Omni-Trading b.v., 2009.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, & Banknotes: Auction 18, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2014.

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