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    Pirate Chic Dutch East India Company 1790 Silver 6 Stuiver Ship Shilling "I Struggle and Survive" Pendant | Artifact #7862

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    The Dutch East India Company Silver Ship Shilling Treasure Coin Pendant...

    Like Walt Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean, the Dutch and British East India Trading Companies ruled the seas from 1600 to the mid 1800s.

    Please Note: This is an authentic Dutch East India Company Treasure Coin, and you will receive the exact pendant in the photographs and description.

    By the late 1500s the Netherlands was one of the most famed nations in the world. The Spanish were busy exploring and exploiting the New World, while the Dutch and British were building their trading organizations, journeying to India and the Far East to trade silver and gold for silks, spices, gems and exquisite blue and white porcelains.

    In 1600 the British East India Company was granted a charter to trade in the Far East. The Dutch quickly followed, and in 1602, the Dutch East India Company, with their monogram, VOC (Verenigde Oost-indische Compagnie, meaning United East India Company), emblazoned on their goods, was founded and soon developed a massive trading organization throughout the East Indies.

    The VOC, with an impressive fleet of merchant ships, established Dutch colonies all along their trade routes; in western Africa, South Africa, and at various locations in the East Indies including the strategic islands of Java, in Indonesia, and Sri Lanka. The two main “hub” ports were Galle Harbor and fort in Sri Lanka, and Batavia (now Jakarta), on Java.

    WE DID NOT PUT HOLES IN THESE COINS! Long ago they were pierced, sometimes to be strung together for safety from loss or pickpockets, but, more often, to be worn on bags, clothing or as jewelry, as this high-grade silver was a sign of status and distinction. Now, we have added a sterling loop so they can again be wearable pieces of history and art fit for the pirate king or queen in all of us!

    Your Dutch East India Company Silver Ship Shilling:

    • Denomination: 6 Stuiver - Affectionately known as a "Ship Shilling" by the sailors of the day, as they are the same size and were about the same relative value as the British shilling of the day
    • Date: 1790
    • Latin Motto: RELINQUENDA UT ACCEPTA "Leave it as you received it"
    • Latin Motto of Swimming Lion: I Struggle and Survive
    • Coin Metal: Silver
    • Pendant Size including sterling bail:  1” Across, 1 1/4” Tall - coin the diameter than a U.S. quarter 

    Special Note: Beautiful condition for its age. This Ship Shilling was minted at the Zeeland mint in the Netherlands, and features, on the reverse (back), Zelland's Coat of Arms swimming lion. The motto is LUCTOR ET EMERGO meaning "I Struggle and Survive." 

    Historical Note: Until the 16th Century, much of the Netherlands was under the control of the Holy Roman Empire and Spain. In 1568 the Netherlands, led by William I of Orange, revolted, and the country adopted the motto: CONCORDIA RES PARVAE CRESCUNT: “through unity small things grow,” in 1578, a quote taken from Roman historian Sallust’s (86 BC – c. 35 BC) monograph, Jugurthine War.

    The Netherlands’ struggle against Spain can be seen on the coins. The 6 stuivers from different mints have varied Latin mottos around the edges of the coins. ITA RELINQUENDA UT ACCEPTA translates to “Leave it as you received it.” This presumably is saying "Don't clip this coin."

    Large parts of Zelland are below sea level. Their coat os arms is the swimming lion meaning in Latin: LUCTOR ET EMERGO: “I struggle and emerge, or survive.” 

    Your VOC Pendant Comes Complete with:

    1. Our 100% Authentic Lifetime Guarantee
    2. A Detailed, Customized, Full Color, Multi-Page Photo Certificate of Authenticity Researched and Written by Robert Lewis Knecht, that teaches you how to read your coin
    3. Treasure Hunters Gazette Booklet
    4. Mini Museum Display for when you are not wearing your treasure
    5. A Treasure Jewelry Care Card