Netherlands East Indies 1739 ducaton KM-71

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Heritage sale 3081, lot 32309
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This specimen was lot 32309 in Heritage sale 3081 (New York, January 2020), where it sold for $36,000. The catalog description[1] noted, "Netherlands East Indies: Mint State Silver Rider. Dutch Colony. United East India Company Ducaton (Silver Rider) 1739 MS62 NGC, Dordrecht mint. Reeded edge. Holland issue. A truly breathtaking trade specimen and one of the most celebrated United East India Company issues, famed for its incredibly intricacy of engraving detail, large size and overall medallic appearance. This offering admirably represents the type, offering true Mint State appeal with perfectly rendered devices, every minute element fully represented and scarcely touched since striking; the planchet has developed an appealing gunmetal gray color in the fields, darkening to a charcoal ring at the peripheries, touched by just a tinge of golden tone. The last of this type we handled was an inferior AU58 which realized $19,200 at our January 2019 sale, and we have no doubts that this stunning Silver Rider will attract even more attention from the many collectors appreciative of its beauty." This type was struck in Holland in silver 1728-33, 1738-41 and in gold 1728-33. The provinces of Westfriesland (KM 130.1, KM 133), Zeeland (KM 151), Gelderland (KM 51) and Utrecht (KM 110.1 and KM 110.2) also contributed.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 32.78 g, 0.941 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 71, Dav-417, Scholten-28b (RR).


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Sam Spiegel, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3081, featuring the Caranett Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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