- In commission by the Ministry of Finance
- With knight Godard de Ginkell (1644 –1703)
- In the Dutch Mint Act since 1659!
- In packaging inspired by the knight’s armour
- With Certificate of Authenticity
Silver Ducats are commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Finance and are collector coins.
Part 3: Discover Hoensbroek Castle
Hoensbroek Castle is one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. The castle has over forty authentically decorated rooms: from a beautiful and elegant ballroom to a dark, lurid dungeon. Save for a few periods, Hoensbroek Castle was inhabited for seven centuries. Its history starts in the fourteenth century with knight Herman Hoen, the first lord of the Van Hoensbroeck family. For almost six hundred years the castle was wandered by knights, counts and marquesses. All residents together form a colourful lineage of noble ladies and gentlemen. Famous Dutch writer and poet Bertus Aafjes and his family resided in the castle between 1951 and 1973. The castle has served many purposes, two of the most important being a defensive castle and a residential building. The immense medieval tower is a landmark in the scenery and draws you towards the castle. As soon as you enter, its splendor is stunning. It is as if time stood still. Are you curious about other Dutch castles in the series?
The extraordinary life of Godard de Ginkell
Godard van Reede (1644 –1703), in the United Kingdom better known as Godard de Ginkell, puts on the knight’s armour in the series “Dutch Castles”. When he was only fourteen years old, young Godard was prepared for a career in the military and became calvary captain of his own company of horsemen. In the year 1660, he accompanied his father on a diplomatic mission to the Spanish court, which was commemorated by Dutch painter Jurriaen Ovens with three life-sized family paintings and by poet Joost van den Vondel with a poem. During his lifetime, De Ginkell delivered military earnings in both the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. 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, who enters the stage in the “Dutch Castles” series, is depicted in front of Hoensbroek Castle. On his shield the province weapon of Limburg can be found. On the issue the inscription “MO.NO.ARG.REG.BELGII.LIMB.” 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. “LIMB.” stands for the province of Limburg.
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.
Discover the compelling history of the Silver Ducats.