The leeuwendaalder, known in English as the lion dollar, was an early Dutch trade dollar first issued in 1617. The design had largely been lost to history but for a few surviving specimens until the Royal Dutch Mint revived its imagery in 2017. The coins returned that year as proof specimens to mark the 400th anniversary of the initial debut in the 17th century. Right now, 2019 1 oz Proof Silver Netherlands Lion Dollar Coin is available to purchase online at Silver.com.
- Coins arrive inside of plastic capsules!
- Third year of issue for the Proof Silver Lion Dollar coins!
- Mintage limited to 5,000 coins only!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .9999 fine silver.
- Bears a face value of 1 Daalder backed by the Royal Dutch Mint.
- A Dutch knight with the shield from the Dutch coat of arms is on the obverse.
- A single rampant lion is featured on the reverse of the coins.
- Proof versions!
Each of the individual 2019 1 oz Proof Silver Netherlands Lion Dollars in this product listing comes with a protective capsule. These proof silver coins are offered with frosted designs and mirrored background fields.
Lion dollars were actually first issued in 1575 but did gain official status within Dutch provinces until the struggle for independence was successfully decades later. Six of the seven Dutch provinces would issue the lion dollars over the course of time, with independent versions of the designs offered by some major cities.
Original lion dollars became a popular trade dollar because of their lower value compared to the Dutch rijksdaalder. The lion dollar had 427.16 grains of .750 fine silver, while the rijksdaalders had 491 grains of .920 fine silver. The lower silver value of the lion dollar made it popular for the payment of foreign debts by merchants when compared to the more valuable rijksdaalder.
The obverse of 2019 1 oz Proof Silver Netherlands Lion Dollar Coins recreates the original image found on 17th-century lion dollars. Here, an armed knight stands with a shield bearing a lion in a rampant position in front of his legs. The shield is similar to the central piece of the Dutch coat of arms.
On the reverse of 2019 1 oz Proof Silver Netherlands Lion Dollar Coins is an image that debuted on lion dollars from the Gelderland province of the Netherlands in 1651. This simple design includes only a single lion in a rampant pose.
All of these 2019 Proof Silver Lion Dollars are official restrikes from the Royal Dutch Mint. The mint was originally founded in 1567 as the Utrecht Mint and maintains its headquarters in Utrecht to this day.
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