A duit, or Dutch coin, bearing the mark of the VOC (Vereenigde Oost- Indische Compagnie) and a coat of arms featuring a lion with a crown on the top. It is dated 1789.
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.