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 Six Stuiver 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: 1771
- Mint: Zeeland, Netherlands
- Latin Motto: I Struggle and Survive (Swimming Lion), and the Latin phrase "Leave it as You Received it"
- Coin Metal: Silver
- Bezel Metal: Proprietary 14K Gold
- Metal Smith: Robert Lewis Knecht
- Size: 1 1/8” Across, 1 1/2” Tall
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.
Your VOC Coin Pendant Comes Complete with:
- Our 100% Authentic Lifetime Guarantee
- 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
- Treasure Hunters Gazette Booklet
- A Gift Box
- A Treasure Jewelry Care Card