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Dutch Gold Ducats – since 1586

With a remodelled knight | The start of four historic trading stories

About Golden Ducats

The Dutch Coinage Act first included ducats on 4 August 1586. They are still featured in it today as trade coins. The ducat is a gold coin which originally came from the Republic of Venice and was later also produced in the Netherlands. The Dutch Gold Ducat grew into one of the world’s most popular trade coins. Double and Single Gold Ducats are also being minted in 2018, helping to keep the memory of our rich trading past alive.

The obverse of this coin shows a knight holding a sword in one hand and a bundle of arrows in the other. The reverse bears the motto ‘Concordia Res Parvae Crescunt’, Latin for ‘Small things flourish by concord’, but better known as ‘Unity makes Strength’.

   
 

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The Compass

Until the year 2021, we will be using the four points of the compass to explore four international trading routes in which Gold Ducats played an important role. In 2018, a new knight will once again adorn the Gold Ducat after 32 years. However, as in the past, only a few minor changes have been made to a design by the engraver Johan Willem Marmé.

Johan Willem Marmé

Johan Willem Marmé acted as engraver for the provincial and municipal Mint of Utrecht from 1763 to 1795, he. His design is characterised by accurately positioned, detailed buttons on the knight’s outfit. The reverse side of Golden Ducat 2018 is decorated with new leaf decoration; an acanthus motif and cornstalks.