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Netherlands Lion
Government issued silver bullion coins from the Netherlands

Netherlands Lion

The Dutch Lion taler was one of the world’s most important trade coins during the 1600s and 1700s. Begommomg in 2017, the Royal Dutch Mint issued a re-struck silver bullion coin celebrating the iconic imagery. Originally intended as a local currency, through the travels of Dutch maritime traders it became one of the most widely used trade coins in the Mediterranean, and especially in the Levant.

The silver bullion coin is based on a 1617 coin issued in Utrecht, a province of the Netherlands. The 1-ounce .999 fine silver coin measures 38.68 millimeters in diameter and mintage will be limited. The only year the coin was struck with a BU finish was in 2017.  From 2018 on, the coins were struck as proofs.


Silver Bullion Mintage

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Obverse: The obverse of the coin depicts a standing knight. In front of his legs rests a shield bearing a lion in what is known as the rampant position. This lion is found on both the Dutch and Belgian coats of arms. Within two circles of bead-work around the rim on the obverse is the legend MO. ARG. PRO. CONFOE. BELG.—short for “Moneta Argentea Provinciarum Confoederatum Belgicarum,” or “Silver money of the Province of the Netherlands,” followed by the letters TRA representing Utrecht.

Reverse: The reverse displays the same heraldic lion in a larger size, and as with the obverse design it has two circles of bead-work around the rim enclosing a legend, the date of issue, and the motto of the United Provinces, CONFIDENS. DNO. NON. MOVETVR, or “Who trusts in the Lord is not moved” (“DNO” is an abbreviation of “Domino,” or “Lord”). In addition, references to the metal, weight and fineness appear on the reverse.

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