A new book released during a coin show in the Netherlands celebrates
one of the most famous world trade coins, the ducat.
Gold Ducats of the Netherlands, Vol. 1, by Dariusz F. Jasek,
was released during the Houten coin fair Sept. 19.
Inspired by Italian florins, the first gold ducats were issued in
1285 in Venice, with a weight of 3.5 grams and measuring 20
millimeters in diameter.
Wide acceptance of these Venetian coins in trade spawned ducats of
the same weight and fineness (.986 fine gold) in other countries,
notably those issued by the Dutch provinces beginning in 1586.
The Dutch ducat’s unchanged weight and purity are credited for its
popularity. Those unchanging standards were in contrast to other gold
trade coins like the gulden and florins that were circulating in
Europe alongside the ducat.
The Dutch ducat became “the most important gold coin in
international trade for several centuries,” according to the book.
Jasek researched the book for five years, the publisher said. The
book features sales records dating back to the 1880s. It includes
historical data on each of the Dutch mints that struck ducats and
lists provenances for famous pieces. The book also explores multiple
varieties and forgeries. A preview of the 352-page book is available
at the book’s website.
The book is published for €135 (about $151 U.S.) with free shipping.
To order, visit the publisher’s website.