Between 2015 and 2019, the Royal Dutch Mint issued a 12-coin set of silver ducats themed around the 12 provinces in the Netherlands. It was successful enough to warrant a follow on series, this time taking a look at Dutch castles, of which there’s a fine selection in this lowland European nation.
The sixth coin features Westhove Castle, one over 700 years old and with a rich history. Built as a defensive structure for Middelburg Abbey, it became obsolete in that role in the fifteenth century, and by the late 16th century had passed into private hands. It’s now a youth hostel.
Struck to a proof finish in 0.873 fineness silver, it weighs a standard ounce and has a mintage of 2,000 pieces. The RDM images aren’t the best, but they do a great strike, so expect these to transfer well to reality. The view of the castle is typical of the series and good old Godard and his mad hair is in his usual place for a silver ducat. Available now.
REVERSE: depicts knight Godard de Ginkell in front of the famous castle. The province weapon of Zeeland can be found on his shield. The inscription on this issue reads: “MO.NO.ARG.REG.BELGII.ZEL.”. “MO.NO.ARG.REG.BELGII.” is the Latin abbreviation for “Moneta Nova Argenta Regni Belgii”: New Silver coin of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. “ZEL.” stands for the province of Zeeland.
OBVERSE: the National coat of arms of the Netherlands with the Royal Crown between the numbers of the year can be found. The inscription reads: “CONCORDIA RES PARVAE CRESCUNT”, Unity makes Strength.