The Royal Dutch Mint have launched (13th October) the latest versions of their traditional Gold Ducat trade coins for 2011. These historic coins played an important part in the Dutch economy since 1586 when the first examples of the one ducat coin were originally struck during the Dutch Republic (1581 – 1795). The first Two Ducat denomination was issued in 1646. These trade coins, still issued under the Dutch coinage act are struck in the standard .983 gold fineness commonly used for ducats and are issued in both single and double nominal Ducat weights.
The obverse design for both coins is continued from the original strikes which were issued from 1817 and depict a standing knight facing to the right with a sword in one hand and holding a cluster of five arrows. The legend in Latin reads “PARVAE CRESCUNT CONCORDIA RES” (In Harmony Small Things Grow). The two ducat strike includes a second circlet of dots towards the centre. The year of issue “2011” is portioned in two digits and appears on either side of the knight along with the two current Royal Dutch mintmarks for both one and two ducat coins.
The reverse design for both versions is identical and includes a square shape with the text “MO. AUR. REG. BELGII AD IMPERII” (Gold Money of the Kingdom of the Belgae According to Imperial Law) within and surrounded by baroque vignettes on all four sides.
Both coins are struck to proof quality, the two Ducat example weighs 6.98 grams with a diameter of 26 mm. The total mintage is limited to 2,500 pieces. The one Ducat coin weighs 3.49 grams with a diameter of 21 mm. and a total mintage limited to 3,500 pieces.
For more information on this and other coins issued by the Royal Dutch Mint, please visit their website at: http://www.knm.nl/Enkele-Gouden-Dukaat-2011/nl/product/1734/%20?utm_source=TripolisDialogue&utm_medium=email&utm_term=&utm_content=20111013&utm_campaign=20111013a2