Leeuwendaalders, are they Dutch coins?

Started by Figleaf, October 26, 2010, 02:14:45 AM

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An old Thread. Thought i would put in a fresh picture while sorting my computer archive a bit.


Thanks, Anthony. Your coin is of course struck at Dordrecht (mint mark rosette), the most productive mint in the country. The Harderwijk mint was a second or third level establishment in comparison. The technology used in both mints was the same, but Dordrecht had the edge in experience. Harderwijk is now a sleepy fishing town, but it was once the main port of the dukes of Gelre and a place that was relatively safe and removed from Gelre's enemies.

The buildings that housed these two mints still exist, though both were heavily modified in the course of their existence. The Dordrecht building is marked with a tablet, near what is known as mint gate. The Harderwijk building served as a military depot for fresh colonial troops (koloniaal werfdepot) for a considerable time. It is now converted to a private housing complex. The central garden is called mint square.

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.


I visited the Dordrecht site once. This was one of the first large Dutch silvers i bought long time ago.
As you say Dordrecht had the edge in experience. The coin may not look very impressive. It is a bit weakly struck. Viewers have to bare in mind however that these coins are LARGE (41 mm). In that light it was quite an achievement at the time to produce these in this quality.