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Duit, with the mark of Voc - Vereenigde Oost- Indische Compagnie or Dutch East India Company

Date: 1786
Overall: 22 x 22 mm, 1 mm
Medium: Copper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Coins and medals
Object Name: Coin
Object No: 00032400

User Terms

    A duit, or Dutch coin, bearing the mark of the VOC (Vereenigde Oost- Indische Compagnie) and dated 1786.
    SignificanceBearing the VOC monogram, this coin is a powerful symbol of the Dutch East India Company (or VOC), which played a significant role in putting Australia - then known as New Holland - on the map prior to British exploration.
    HistoryThe duit was a copper Dutch coin used in Dutch Indonesia. It was introduced to prevent smuggling as the coins, featuring the VOC mark, were the ones valid in Indonesia. It was once used in the Americas while under Dutch rule and was said to have been part of the currency used to purchase the island of Manhattan.

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