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.
This Dutch coin is from a private collection in Sri Lanka. As a high value trade coin, it made its way to Sri Lanka on board a VOC ship 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. There is no record of a shipwreck in the area, so perhaps the coins were lost when a small boat transporting them from shore to a VOC vessel sank. Others were found buried around the fort and surrounding area.
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