VOC - Dutch East India Company 1765 Stuiver "Ship Shilling" Pendant | Artifact #: 8089

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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.

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: 1765
  • Latin Motto on Coin: God is Our Refuge and Our Strength
  • Coin Metal: Silver
  • Bezel Metal: Proprietary Non-Tarnishing Sterling Silver
  • Articulating Nautical Shackle Bail - 5.8mm inside diameter
  • Metal Smith: Robert Lewis Knecht
  • Size:  1 1/8” Across, 1 ½” Tall

Special Note:  This particular Ship Shilling was minted at the West Friesland mint in the Netherlands, and features, on the reverse (back), the twin lion design.  The legend on this design is "God is our Refuge and Strength." 

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. A Gift Box
  5. A Treasure Jewelry Care Card

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