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Coins of the Low Countries

The Low Countries, the Low Lands (Dutch: de Lage Landen, French: les Pays Bas), or historically also the Netherlands (Dutch: de Nederlanden, German: die Niederlande), is a coastal lowland region in northwestern Europe, forming the lower basin of the Rhine, Meuse, and Scheldt rivers, divided in the Middle Ages into numerous semi-independent principalities that consolidated in the countries of Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands, as well as today's French Flanders.


County of Flanders (Vlaanderen), Anonymous Coinage, c. 1253 - 1300

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Vlaanderen (Flanders) is the Dutch-speaking northern portion of Belgium. During the late Middle Ages Flanders' trading towns (notably Ghent, Bruges and Ypres) made it one of the richest and most urbanized parts of Europe, weaving the wool of neighboring lands into cloth for both domestic use and export.
ME89563. Silver denier, Ghyssens 430, Den Duyts 134, VF, toned, weight 0.399 g, maximum diameter 11.5 mm, die axis 30o, County of Flanders (Vlaanderen, Belgium) mint, c. 1253 - 1300; obverse warrior holding sword and shield advancing right, head left; reverse cross, flowers in each quarter; ex CNG e-auction 238 (11 Aug 2010), lot 694; $180.00 (Ä158.40)


Dutch Republic (Netherlands), Trade Coinage, 1758

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Struck during the Seven Years War, known as the French and Indian War in North America.
SH58752. Gold Ducat, SCWC KM 12.3, EF, slightly wavy flan, weight 3.432 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 0o, Utrecht mint, 1758; obverse CONCORDIA RES PAR CRES HOL, armored knight standing right, sword in right, filleted bundle of arrows in left, 17-58 across field; reverse MO:ORD: / PROVIN / FOEDER / BELG.AD / LEG.IMP, legend within framed tablet; SOLD


Netherlands, Trade Coinage, Gold Ducat, 1928

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The knight holding a bundle of arrows signifies the unity of the six northern provinces under the 1579 Union of Utrecht -- a declaration of independence from Spain.
SH73976. Gold Ducat, Schulman 779, SCWC KM 83.1, Friedberg 352, UNC, weight 3.497 g, maximum diameter 20.8 mm, die axis 0o, Utrecht mint, 1928; obverse PARVAE CRESCUNT CONCORDIA RES (The union makes small things grow), knight in armor standing right, sword in right hand over shoulder, bundle of six arrows in left, dividing date 19-23; seahorse (privy mark: Hoitsema 1909-1933) upper left, caduceus (mintmark: Utrecht) upper right; reverse MO. AUR.REG. BELGII AD LEGEM IMPERII. (Money of the provinces of the United Netherlands according to the law of the empire), legend in square tablet, surrounded by double frame ornamented in margins with floral scrolls; slant reeded edge; mintage 571,881, gold 0.9830 fine, actual gold weight 0.1104 oz.; ex CNG e-auction 345, part of lot 735; ex Patrick H. James Collection; SOLD







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REFERENCES

De Mey, J. Les monnaies des comtes de Flandre (1244-1384). (Brussels, 1985).
De Mey, J. Les monnaies des comtes de Flandre (1384-1556). (Brussels, 1985).
Den Duyts, F. Les anciennes monnaies des comtes de Flandre, etc. (Gand, 1847).
Dugniolle, J. Le jeton historique des dix - sept provinces des Pays - Bas. (Brussels, 1876-1880).
Friedberg, A. & I. Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 8th ed. (Clifton, NJ, 2009).
Ghyssens, J. Les petits deniers de Flandre des XIIe et XIIIe siŤcles. (Bruxelles, 1971).
Krause, C. & C. Mishler. Standard Catalog of World Coins.(Iola, WI, 2010 - ).
Schulman, J. Nederlandse Munten. (Amsterdam, 1975).
van Loon, V. Beschrijving van Nederlandsche Historie Penningen ten Verfolge op het werk van Mr. Gerard van Loon. (Amsterdam, 1821 & 1861).

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