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Official Restrike Ducaton

Koninklijke Tichelaar edition

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The trade of Royal Tichelaar

The Royal Dutch Mint and Koninklijke Tichelaar, the two oldest companies in the Netherlands still in business, have joined forces. This restrike of the Ducaton combines the strength and craftsmanship of the two companies to represent Dutch culture at its finest. The tulip, the flower that draws millions of tourists to the Netherlands on a yearly basis, is featured prominently in the design.

Koninklijke Tichelaar has become a worldwide concept in the field of ceramics and glazes. For over 300 years “Makkumer” tiles are manufactured, also known as “whites”. For that reason this issue is placed in a unique, hand painted tile that shows a beautiful tulip.

In the tile you will find a restrike of an original Ducaton, the “Silver Rider”. According to many this is the most beautiful coin over issued. The Ducaton was considered legal tender from the 16th until the 18th century.

Each tile is hand-painted by the painters of Koninklijke Tichelaar itself. An artisanal and special process which makes each tile unique. On this page we will show you how the tiles are made. 

Production process Makkumer tile

Step 1 – The raw materials

Koninklijke Tichelaar is the only remaining company that still digs up local Frisian clay for making the Makkumer tiles and also makes the tin glaze in-house according to their own, secret recipes.

Step 2 – Working the clay

By using many different machines the clay is eventually cut into tiles which are then fired in the oven.

Step 3 – Drilling the hole

After firing, extreme caution and precision is required when drilling a hole in the exact middle of the tile!

Step 4 - Glazing

Big buckets filled with glaze are ready for use and given one last stir. White glaze is poured onto the tile. Any excess is scraped off with a small knife. 

Step 5 – Sponging

The design is first made into a ‘sponge drawing’. These drawings are placed on the glazed tiles. A ‘sponge bag’ filled with charcoal powder is used to transfer the lines of the drawing onto the tile.

Step 6 – Decoration

Painters decorate the tile by hand. They use special brushes and a glaze paint based on color oxide. This means the glazed tile is also painted using glaze. All Makkumer tiles are painted by hand which results in one-of-a-kind products.

Step 7 – Firing

The decorated tiles are ready to be fired. The glaze melts into a translucent and shining layer. The traditional Makkumer tile is born!