One of the purest gold coins ever minted - the legendary Netherland's Knight & Arrows Ducat with the Latin motto: CONCORDIA RES PARVAE CRESCUNT: “Through unity small things grow”
Please Note: This is an authentic Dutch East India Company Gold Ducat 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 Netherlands Ducat:
- Collection: Jack Haskins (Renowned historian and shipwreck researcher)
- Denomination: Ducat (DO-cot)
- Date: 1772
- Mint: Holland, Netherlands
- Design: Knight standing in armor holding a sword and a bundle of arrows.
- Legend of Obverse: CONCORDIA RES PARVAE CRESCUNT: “through unity small things grow”
- Legend on Reverse: MOneta ORDinum PROVINciarum FOEDERatorum BELGicarum AD LEGem IMPeril; "Coin of the government of the provincial federation of Belgium conforming with the law of the imperial"
- Coin Metal: Gold, Fineness/Purity: 0.986 (23kt)
- Bezel Metal: 18K Gold - bezel frame is 2mm wide
- Metal Smith: Robert Lewis Knecht
- Size: 1” Across, 1-1/2” Tall (a few millimeters larger than a U.S. quarter)
Note from Robert: I love working with these coins; the detailed artistry of the design is stunning. I created a special 2mm wide 18K gold frame to gently hold the coin in place, giving it an incredible regal presence perfect for both a lady or gentleman.
Working with these coins also reminds me of my early years diving on, filming and writing about historic shipwrecks. I featured Mr. Haskins in my first documentary, and while he was a very quite and private man, he always had time to answer my many questions. I especially love the Latin motto on the obverse (front) of the coin.
Historical Note: Until the 16th Century, much of the area now known as the Netherlands was under the control of the Holy Roman Empire and Spain. Led by William I of Orange, the Netherlands revolted in 1568. In 1578, the country adopted the motto: CONCORDIA RES PARVAE CRESCUNT: “through unity small things grow,” a quote taken from Roman historian Sallust’s (86 BC – c. 35 BC) monograph, Jugurthine War.
This Dutch coin is from the late Jack Haskins' personal collection. Mr. Haskin was one of the premier shipwreck archival researchers in the world, working with Robert's mentor and old treasure diving buddy, Capt. Carl Fismer, and other treasure salvors like Mel Fisher, Kip Wagner, Burt Webber, Duke Long, Jim King and others. As a high value trade coin, coins like this one made their way to Sri Lanka on board VOC ships hundreds of years ago. In the early 1990s, Robert and Carl recovered coins like these in Galle Harbor with a small team of local divers.
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- Treasure Hunters Gazette Booklet
- A Gift Box
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