- Discover the second issue of the new Silver Ducats series with the remarkable Heeswijk Castle from North-Brabant
- In the “disaster year” of 1672 Louis XIV, the Sun King from France, visited Heeswijk Castle!
- Learn more about the life of field marshal Godard de Ginkell (1644 – 1703) who enters the stage in the role of armoured knight throughout the entire “Dutch Castles” series
- NEW! The knight’s armour inspired the elegant packaging of the Silver Ducat
- This trade coin has been included in the Dutch Mint Act for over 350 years!
- With Certificate of Authenticity including background information about the castle
Silver Ducats are commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Finance and are collector coins. The Silver Ducat "Heeswijk Castle" 2020 is part of the new series of Silver Ducats.
Part 2: Discover Heeswijk Castle
In the wooded area nearby the city of 's-Hertogenbosch (North-Brabant, the Netherlands), Heeswijk Castle is a prominent image. The castle reflects almost a thousand years of power, pride and culture representing the elite from the Dutch province of North-Brabant. Heeswijk Castle has a turbulent history which leads us back to the year 1080. It started out as a wooden stronghold, became an impressive fort and eventually turned out a dignified country seat. The castle was regularly besieged, damaged, restored and remodeled. The seventeenth century, the century of the Eighty Years' War in the Netherlands, was one of the most illustrious centuries in the history of the castle. In the year 1672, in Dutch history known as the Rampjaar (“disaster year”), it was in Heeswijk Castle that the French King Louis XIV and the English envoys signed the plan to divide the conquered Netherlands. In the nineteenth century the estate and castle were bought by baron Van den Bogaerde van Terbrugge. He and his sons transformed Heeswijk Castle into a luxury and romantic palace and filled it with an extensive collection of artworks and antiques. After the death of the last baron the castle was turned into a museum. Now everyone can explore the halls, corridors, chambers, basements and towers. Heeswijk Castle is one of the most visited castle-museums in the Netherlands and Flanders. Read more about Dutch castles on our website.
Discover the life of Godard de Ginkell
Godard van Reede (1644 –1703), in the United Kingdom better known as Godard de Ginkell, is a recurring character in “Dutch Castles”. In 1688 he accompanied William, Prince of Orange, in his expedition to England where he claimed the throne of England, Scotland and Ireland. In 1691 Ginkell started a campaign against the remaining allies of King James II. On 3 October of the same year victory was won, after which he, as a formal thanks, was naturalised as an English subject. Ginkell returned to the Netherlands and in 1702 became first Field Marshal of the Dutch States Army. Discover the life of Godard de Ginkell and other historical knights.
The obverse shows, as stated in the Dutch Mint Act, an armoured knight with a shield in front of his left leg. Godard de Ginkell enters the stage in the “Dutch Castles” series. Knight Godard de Ginkell is depicted in front of Heeswijk Castle. His shield shows the province weapon of North-Brabant. On the Silver Ducat “Heeswijk Castle” the inscription “MO.NO.ARG.REG.BELGII.BRAB.SEP.” can be read. “MO.NO.ARG.REG.BELGII.” is the Latin abbreviation for “Moneta Nova Argenta Regni Belgii”: New Silver coin of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. “BRAB.SEP.” stands for the province of North-Brabant.
On the reverse of the Silver Ducat you see the National coat of arms of the Netherlands with the Royal Crown between the numbers of the year and the inscription “CONCORDIA RES PARVAE CRESCUNT”, Unity makes Strength, the mint mark and the privy mark.
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