Prior to its sale last year, Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt released the fifth silver ducat in its “Twelve Provinces” series. The 40.00 mm, 28.25 g, .873 fine silver proof is issued for North Holland. It comes with a mintage of 4,000.
The coin is based on the Dutch silver ducat first struck in 1659. The reverse shows the prominent 17th century Dutch politician Johan de Witt in lieu of the anonymous knight traditionally depicted on ducats.
North Holland lies in the northwest of the Netherlands. It came into being in 1840 when the province of Holland was split into the two provinces of North Holland and South Holland. The capital is Haarlem.
To date, silver ducats have been issued for the provinces of North Brabant (2015), Limburg (2015), Gelderland (2016) and South Holland (2016). These are still available from the mint.
This article was originally printed in World Coin News. >> Subscribe today.
More Collecting Resources
• The Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 is your guide to images, prices and information on coins from so long ago.
• With over 22,000 listings and 13,750 illustrations, the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, Modern Issues is your go-to guide for modern bank notes.