The Royal Dutch Mint continues its journey through the castles of the Netherlands with the release of the third in their silver Ducat range. Taking over from the now complete Twelve Province Ducats, ‘Dutch Castles’ will run for another set period, before, we’d imagine, the RDM will start a differently themed Ducat range.
This release is the third castle coin this year and closely follows the same pattern, with the figure of Godard de Ginkell back again, along with the heraldic shield. The obverse is a common one for the series, so remains unchanged here. The one major differentiator between issues, is the background field of the reverse face, which depicts a specific castle in this European nation.
Hoensbroek Castle joins Heeswijk Castle and De Haar Castle as the subject of choice. It’s another of those elegant structures that were the symbols of power of their time. One of the biggest castles in the Netherlands, it dates back to at least 1360, although a motte and bailey castle was present on the site around 150 years earlier. It remains a popular tourist attraction today, as a museum.
The relatively rare 0.873 fineness silver makes up the coins composition, of which there is a standard ounce used. They are struck to a proof finish, and come presented in a themed tin with an enclosed Certificate of Authenticity. A nice series, despite the lacklustre official images, and one we’re considering adding to our Coin Series Profile, one that currently covers Twelve Province Ducats, but could be expanded to add these also. One more of these is due this year, and failing any more coronavirus outbreaks, should debut in October.