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  • Dutch Ducat Dated 1649
  • Grade: Extremely Fine
  • Obverse: Knight with Sword and Arrows
  • Mint: Gelderland, Netherlands
  • Gold Coin in 14k Gold Pendant, Weight 9.4g
  • Framed Coin Size: 27mm Diameter, with 8mm Bail Opening for Necklace
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This gold ducat coin was minted in 1649 in the Dutch province of Gelderland, which is located in the eastern-central Netherlands. The obverse side of this Dutch ducat bears the impression of a knight standing in armor with a sword in his right hand and a bundle of arrows in his left hand. The legend translates to "Through concord little things grow - Holland" (Union is strength). The reverse, within the ornamental square, shows the Latin legend translated as "Coin of government of the provincial federation of Belgium conforming with the law of the Imperial."
The word ducat originates from the term "duke's coin" and the first issue of these coins was under Roger II of Sicily, who in 1140 coined ducats bearing the figure of Christ. The Dutch began minting ducats with the image of a knight in 1586. With a very high purity of 98.6% gold, ducat coins were a valuable and trusted currency from the late Middle Ages through colonial times.
During the 17th century, the Dutch Empire grew to become one of the world’s major seafaring and economic powers. The Dutch East India Company and the Dutch West India Company established outposts all over the world and these gold ducats were used in the shipping trade. Dutch ships hunted whales in the Arctic Sea, traded spices in India and Indonesia and founded colonies in the New World. Many economic historians regard the Netherlands as the first capitalist country in the world. This new nation flourished culturally and economically in its golden age.