Netherlands €5 2009. 400th Anniversary of Manhattan. Proof
Netherlands €5 2009. 400th Anniversary of Manhattan. Proof

Netherlands Euros for the 400th Anniversary of Henry Hudson and the Half Moon’s Discovery of Manhattan

Early in 1609, Henry Hudson sailed the Halve Maen  (Half Moon),  onto the river that would later bear its captain's name. Hudson, an Englishman employed by the Dutch East India Company, was hired for a fee of 800 guilders to find a “Northwest Passage” to the Far East. While he never made it to Asia, his discovery of what became New York City and his exploration of the river as far upstream as Albany, changed history.

The Netherlands is commemorating Hudson’s voyage with legal tender €10 and €5 coins. Their unique design has a map of Manhattan as it would have looked in 1609 on one side and one as it looks today on the other. The coin also makes use of a “coin within a coin” concept with the inclusion of the portrait of Queen Beatrix embedded on the obverse. 

The sterling silver proof €5 is 33 mm and weighs15.55 grams with an issue limit of 20,000 coins. A silver-plated copper version of the same €5 weighs 10.5 grams and is 29 mm in diameter.

The gold €10 is the same size the old 10 guilder coin (gouden tientje). It is 22.5 mm in diameter and contains 6.72 grams of .900 fine gold. It is limited to 6,500 pieces in deluxe proof quality.


Please call for price and availability of the gold coin.

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