Netherlands (Zeeland) 1711 Silver 6 Stuivers KM#50 Very Fine ex Zuytdorp Shipwreck
Obverse: Coronate shield within date, legend around
Reverse: Lion with capped staff, legend around
Weight: 4.66 grams
WA Maritime Museum certificate number 13262
The only examples of this coin in existence were recovered from the Zuytdorp shipwreck, they are all incredibly rare.
Of the four shipwrecks found off the West Australian coast that have yielded coins available for collectors (Batavia, Gilt Dragon, Zuytdorp and the Rapid), the coins from the Zuytdorp are unequivocally the most difficult to obtain.
There are less coins from the Rapid known in private hands, but it seems that the Zuytdorp coins are very tightly held - the number seen at auction over the past decade or so could be counted on one hand quite easily.
This is one of a very small number of coins recovered from the wreck of the Zuytdorp that we've been able to handle, each of the previous coins were snapped up extremely quickly.
There are a number of reasons why the coins from the Zuytdorp are of interest to collectors:
The story of the Zuytdorp's journey is just incredible - nearlyhalf those on board had died before they reached Cape Town - the rest disappeared in the wreck just a few months later;
These are the only 6 stuiver / shillings from Zeeland dated 1711 that are available to collectors anywhere in the world - the entire mintage was on board when the Zuytdorp when it sank;
The Zuytdorp sank in what is arguably one of the most inhospitable sections of the Australian coastline - not only is it at least 70 kilometres from the nearest road, the cliffs rise at least 30 metres above the rocky shore, and are pounded by massive waves nearly every day of the year.
This coin is essential for any collector interested in coinage related to Australia before white settlement, any collector of shipwreck coins, or any collector of proclamation and colonial coins.
The Zuytdorp Cliffs
If you'd like to learn more about the background to this historic wreck, as well as the coins recovered from it, click this link to read our article.
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