Netherlands to Issue 2021 Gold Ducats by Reservation Only.
A Modern Rarity in the Making. Orders Being Accepted Until May 27.
After That Date, Mintage Will Be Set and Reservations Can No Longer Be Guaranteed.
We are pleased to offer you the latest information on the newest issue of the Royal Dutch Mint: the Gold Ducats for 2021. The Royal Dutch Mint annually strikes these legal coins, based on the originals from the 16th and 18th century. All Dutch Gold Ducats, no matter which mint they came from, had a weight of about 3.5 grams and a content of 983/1000 fine. This led to their worldwide acceptance, and rank them among the most important trade coins in world history.
The Route to the West
2021 is the last of four years in which the coins are exploring four international trade routes, based on the wind directions, where the Gold Ducat 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. The journey in 2019 was 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, and in 2020, south, towards Africa, where many gold sources were discovered.
This year’s issue points west and marks an important anniversary. On June 3, 1621, the Geoctrooieerde Westindische Compagnie (GWC), or Dutch West India Company, was granted a charter for a trade monopoly in the Dutch West Indies by the the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands. It could operate in West Africa (between the Tropic of Cancer and the Cape of Good Hope) and the Americas, including the Pacific Ocean and the eastern part of New Guinea. It also had a role in the short lived colony in North America, then called New Netherland that extended from Maryland to Massachussetts and included what is now New York City.
Sales of the 2021 Gold Ducats start on May 1, 2021. You can place your order up to May 31, 2021, when the mintage will be determined based on the number of orders received. We cannot guarantee the price for orders received after that date. Mintages keep getting smaller and the past few ducats are getting harder and harder to find.
Please order by May 27, 2021. Delivery scheduled for September. You will not be charged until coins are shipped.