The Dutch Gold Ducat and Double Gold Ducat are appearing in another variation of their traditional, classic design for their 2019 issue. The first Gold Ducat with the legendary standing knight was struck in Holland under the United Provinces in 1586. The first Double Ducat came from the province of Friesland in 1612. The Dutch Kingdom continued the practice. The coin has always had the same basic obverse of a standing knight accompanied by an ornate inscribed tablet on the reverse. The only variations reflect artistic liberties taken by mint engravers. The coins are based on the design of the engraver Johan Willem Marmé, the die cutter at the Utrecht Mint from 1763 to 1795. Marmé's present-day successors in Utrecht have taken his original design, characterized by a distinct helmet and accurate, detailed buttons on the knight's outfit, and adapted it to the requirements of 21st century minting.
The 2019 issues are the second in a four year series that focuses on the international use of the ducats over four centuries. They will use the points of the compass as a guide to explore the trade routes in which the Gold Ducats played an important role. The 2018 coin pointed north to the Baltics, where the grain trade in particular led to enormous profits for Dutch traders. This year, the journey is east to Asia, where in addition to the Dutch trading outpost of Batavia (Indonesia), the Dutch East India Company (VOC) founded many different trading posts in several countries. To make trade easier, the company minted their own coins, including the Gold Ducats. This year's coins are adorned with acanthus leaves, shells and a VOC ship.
Gold Ducats are made of the long-time Dutch ducat standard of .983 fine gold. The 26 mm Double Gold Ducat weighs 6.988 grams.
The single Gold Ducat and its companion coin, the Double Gold Ducat, are both minted only in proof quality and are being offered on a reservation only basis until May 29. Sales will then close and the mintage will be restricted by the Mint to the number of orders received. In 2018 the issued amounts were x,xxx Gold Ducats and only xxx Double Ducats.
As the amount of coins on the aftermarket will be small, please order and reserve your coins now. The Mint advises that delivery will be in September. The coins will only be charged to you when they are shipped.