16??, Netherlands, Zeeland. Scarce Silver 89 Daalder (½ Lion Dollar) Coin. Rare!
Reference: KM-30. Condition: A nice VF! Mint Place: Zeeland (castle) Denomination: ½ Lion Dollar / ½ Dog Dollar (Leeuwendaalder in Dutch) Mint Period: 1609-1653 (only the first two digits of the date recognizable!) Weight: 13.41gm Diameter: 32mm Material: Silver
Obverse: Standing knight left, head right, in front of his legs arms shield bearing a rampant lion. Legend: MO ARG PRO CON (shield) FOE BELG ZEL · (privy mark: castle)
Reverse: Heraldic lion left with long ornate S-like tail. Legend: CONFIDENS · DNO · NON · MOVETVR * 16??
The lion dollar circulated throughout the Middle East and was imitated in several German and Italian cities. It was also popular in the Dutch East Indies as well as in the Dutch New Netherlands Colony (New York). The lion dollar also circulated throughout the English colonies during the Seventeenth and early Eighteenth centuries. Examples circulating in the colonies were usually fairly well worn so that the design was not fully distinguishable, thus they were sometimes referred to as "dog dollars."
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Zeeland was a contested area between the counts of Holland and Flanders until 1299, when the count of Holland gained control of the countship of Zeeland. Since then, Zeeland followed the fate of Holland. In 1432 it became part of the Low Countries possessions of Philip the Good of Burgundy, the later Seventeen Provinces. Through marriage, the Seventeen Provinces became property of the Habsburgs in 1477. In the Eighty Years' War, Zeeland was on the side of the Union of Utrecht, and became one of the United Provinces. The area now called Zeeuws-Vlaanderen was not part of Zeeland, but a part of the countship of Flanders (still under Habsburg) that was conquered by the United Provinces, hence called Staats-Vlaanderen (see: Generality Lands). After the French occupation (see département Bouches-de-l'Escaut) and the formation of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands in 1815, the present province Zeeland was formed.
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