After twelve issues of Silver Ducats running from 2015 to 2019, all themed around the Dutch provinces, the Royal Dutch Mint launched a new themed ducat series last year, one that looks at some of the castles in this former European powerhouse. The mint ramped up the release schedule last year, with the first four releases putting in an appearance, and now we have the fifth – the first of 2021.
Loevestein Castle is depicted in the background field of the coin, as previous castles have been, shown realistically, and almost in full. It’s a simple style, but one that seems to work well for the subject. All coins in this series have the required knight in armour on the reverse face – Godard de Ginkell (1644 –1703) doing the honours for ‘Castle Ducats’.
As always, the rarely used 0.873 fineness silver is what these coins are composed of, a standard, not troy, ounce of it. Struck to a proof finish and presented in a tin with a Certificate of Authenticity, fans of the various Ducat ranges will surely like these coins, firmly based in history as they are, and completely eschewing the fantasy side that often blights coin designs.
Lower down you can see the fourth and final 2020 release, showcasing Mulderslot Castle. and earlier releases were Hoensbroek Castle, Heeswijk Castle and De Haar Castle. This one is available to order now, and should be shipping later this month.