The Wreck of the
The Wreck of the "De Campen" Half Lion Dollar



On October 12, 1627, the De Campen and six other ships set out to sea, for Batavia in the Dutch East Indies. In a storm, the ship was thrown against the cliffs of the Needles near the Isle of Wight. The 160 crew members and merchants got ashore.
The wreck was found by divers in June, 1979. They found many Lion Dollars and one tenth as many silver Half Lion Dollars, each weighing about 13 grams and measuring 33 mm in diameter.
Two decades ago, an official mint set of 1996 guilder coins of Queen Beatrix in FDC quality and a rare Half Leeuwendaalder/Half Lion Daalder (taler) (Very Good to Fine condition) was created for Dutch collectors.
This special coin set was limited to a production run of only 350 numbered sets. The two available now are numbered 013 and 142.

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