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Ducaton coin of the province of Gelderland, Netherlands, excavated from the wreck site of the ZUYTDORP

Date: c 1660
Dimensions:
Overall: 43 mm, 25.48 g
Medium: Silver
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Transferred from Australian Netherlands Committee on Old Dutch Shipwrecks
Classification:Coins and medals
Object Name: Coin
Object No: 00048975
Place Manufactured:Gelderland
Related Place:Zuytdorp Cliffs,

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    Description
    This 1660 ducaton coin is one of several hundred objects recovered from the wreck of the ZUYTDORP, a Dutch East India Company vessel wrecked off the West Australian coast in 1712. It bears the arms of the United Netherlands on the obverse and was minted in the province of Gelderland. It bears a silver rider on the reverse.

    SignificanceAssociated with the oldest Dutch shipwreck discovered on the Australian coast this silver coin is representative of European presence near the Australian continent in the 17th century.
    HistoryThe ducaton coin originated in sixteenth century Italy. This silver coin was used between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries as a trade coin to rival the Spanish silver dollar or eight reales. Its use spread throughout the Spanish Empire, including areas in Burgundy and the Netherlands.
    From 1656 Dutch ducaton coins carried the design of a silver rider on the reverse. Later coins added a shield below the rider to indicate the province of minting. Between 1721 and 1756, silver rider ducatons bore the monogram of the Dutch East India Company.

    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Ducaton coin of the province of Gelderland

    Collection title: ANCODS (Australian Netherlands Committee on Old Dutch Shipwrecks) collection

    Web title: Ducaton coin of the province of Gelderland, Netherlands, excavated from the wreck site of the ZUYTDORP

    Related Sites Zuytdorp Cliffs

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