Description:This silver 6 stuivers coin was minted in the Dutch city of Middelburg, Zeeland in 1774. These handsome ship design coins were known as scheepjesschilling "ship shilling". The obverse side of this coin depicts a large sailing ship with the inscription ITA RELINQUENDA UT ACCEPTA "Leave It Like You Received It". The reverse depicts a lion in a coat of arms with the date above and the legend MON NOV ARGENT ORDIN ZELAND " New Silver Coin of the Province Zeeland".
Zeeland is the westernmost province of the Netherlands and large parts of Zeeland are below sea level. The region has a history of great flooding and the coat of arms of Zeeland shown on this coin depicts a lion half-emerged from water. The city of Middelburg was founded in the late 8th century. During the “Dutch Golden Age" in the 17th century, Middelburg became, after Amsterdam, the main hub for the Dutch East India Company "VOC".
Amid this period, the Dutch Republic was the most important trading centre of Northern Europe. Dutch ships hunted whales in the Arctic sea, traded spices in India and Indonesia via the Dutch East India Company and founded colonies in the New World. This new nation flourished culturally and economically in its Golden Age.