Although it is today overshadowed by many of Europe’s more prominent government mints, the Royal Dutch Mint (Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt) boasts an impressive history that traces back to the 1500s.
The Leeuwendaalder and America’s Silver Coins
The Netherlands’ flagship silver coin, the leeuwendaalder (literally, “lion thaler”), was an especially important trade coin in the 17th and 18th centuries.
The Dutch daalder featured prominently alongside the Spanish 8 reales (also known as the Spanish pillar dollar) and Maria Theresa thaler of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in global trade. This time period was, in fact, the beginning of colonialism and the early era of growth in shipping and international trade, when something approaching “global” channels of commerce first flourished. The Dutch played a central role in this evolving world.