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1970 Guilder

Started by Vivek, July 26, 2011, 07:40:35 AM

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Hello All
Attaching coin from my collection. Experts more information please...


@ Vivek,
This is a 2,5 guilder, commonly known as "Rijksdaalder". The metal is pure nickel, 10 grams, diameter 29 mm.
1970 mintage was 22,000,000. These coins circulated until early 2002 when they were replaced by Euro coins.
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a3v1 already gave you the most important facts, but here are some more details. The climbing lion arms are inspired by those of the house of Nassau-Dillenburg. Many noblemen chose a climbing lion as their emblem, so to differentiate theirs, the counts added the blocks. Today, there are eleven blocks, representing the original 11 provinces. The sword and bundle of arrows came later, to distinguish the arms of the Netherlands (the country) from those of Holland (a province, today two provinces). The arrows symbolise the unity of the individual provinces: separately, an arrow is easy to break, but a bundle of arrows cannot be broken. There are 7 arrows in the bundle for the 7 provinces that constituted the country until Napoleonic times.

Right of the arms is a caduceus (the winged staff of the ancient Greek god Hermes), symbol of commerce, but here symbol of the Utrecht mint. To the left is a cock. This is the symbol chosen by mint master (director of the mint) Van den Brandhof. It is a speaking symbol. Brand means fire and the cock can symbolise fire, as in the expression the red cock is crowing (there is a fire).

On the portrait, the queen wears a diamond hair net and diamond ear rings, but no crown. The queen wanted simplicity. She became known for mingling with her subjects, especially in Leiden, where she studied at the university. Strangely, the jewels have dropped from sight since the coins were designed. There are rumours that they were stolen or made into something else, but nothing has been confirmed. This is the only head used for all Dutch coins minted during the reign of Juliana.

The dot below the portrait is more than decoration. Together with the dot between N and D above, it divides the coin in exact halves, as an aid for the designer. Such a dot also figures on earlier coins.

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