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BAT1159 - 1/2 Rijksdaalder (1621)


Silver 1/2 Rijksdaalder

Coin Heritage

Mint Mark Rose obv / Cross rev

Province Mint West Friesland

Soverign Issuer Estates General

Coin Type1/2 Rijksdaalder

Country of OriginUnited Netherlands

Date 1621

Coin Details

Weight 12.91g

Composition Silver

Condition F

Date Found 1970

Museum Reference

Registration Number 1159

ANCODS Netherlands Govt. Allocation

Catalogue T/O Dav. 4842 but 1/2 RD

Map of shipwreck


Under commandeur Francisco Pelsaert, and Ariaen Jacobsz skipper, newly built Batavia sailed from Texel 27 October 1628 for the Dutch East Indies with bullion, goods and silver. On 4 June 1629 the ship struck a reef near Beacon Island in the Houtman Abrolhos. Of the 322 aboard 40 drowned and the rest got ashore. In search of water and food Jacobsz, Pelsaert and others left site in a 30...