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Dutch East India Company – VOC – Copper Shipwreck 1 Duit in Sterling Silver

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.

In colonial days, the port of Galle, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), served as a natural staging point on the sea route linking Europe, Africa and Arabia to the riches of the Orient. This maritime road was known as the Spice Route.

However, these coins were recovered by Cannon Beach Treasure Company owner Robert Lewis Knecht from the waters of Galle Harbor, Sri Lanka.  How they got there is a fascinating story…

Your VOC Trade Coin:

Denomination: 1 Duit
Date: 1740 – 1790 – We will choose one for you – it will be as good or better than the Duits pictured!
Coin Metal: Copper
Bezel Metal: Sterling Silver
Jewelry Artist: Robert Lewis Knecht
Size:  1” Across, 1 ½” Tall

The Portuguese first established a trading post in 1505. In 1640, the Dutch East India fleet arrived with 2,000 soldiers and took control the island. During the Dutch era, Galle’s fortifications were expanded to what they are today. The Dutch East India Company, with its “VOC” emblazoned on its possessions (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie or VOC in old-spelling Dutch, literally “United East Indian Company”), then controlled the Spice Route and access to the famed treasures of the East.

Cannon Beach Treasure Company duits are recovered from Galle Harbor, and Galle Fort, Sri Lanka, by Robert Lewis Knecht, Captain Carl Fismer and a small team of local divers, when they were in Sri Lanka working on the Taj Mahal Sunken Treasure project. 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. If the coin is dated after 1796 it was recovered from a river in Indonesia and was once used in the Dutch East India Company posts on the islands. Local legend holds that several chest of these coins were dumped into the river during a revolt.

The Dutch East India Company copper coins are called duits (“doy-it”). They have been found in New York and along the East Coast, and are also called New York Pennies as the Dutch first settled and named what is now New York (of course, they called it New Amsterdam).

Your VOC Pendant Comes Complete with:

  1. Our 100% Authentic Lifetime Guarantee
  2. A Detailed, Customized, Multi-Page Photo Certificate of Authenticity Researched and Written by Robert Lewis Knecht
  3. "Pieces of Eight" Historic Brief
  4. The Coins of the Lost Galleons Book
  5. Treasure Hunters Gazette Booklet
  6. A Gift Box
  7. A Treasure Jewelry Care Card

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