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    Fabulous Gold Presentation Issue

    Holland. Provincial gold Proof Ducaton (10 Ducat or Gold Rider) 1703 PR61 NGC, KM-P38 (listed as a Piefort), Fr-Unl., Delm-788 (R4), CNM-2.28.84, PW-Ho45.5. 34.45gm. A spectacular and exceptionally challenging Proof issue, struck in gold to the weight of 10 Ducats. Originally conceived in the Seven Provinces in 1659, the Ducatoon (Ducaton), also known as the Silver Rider, came to fruition during a century in which the Netherlands was at the peak of its power and influence around the globe. The Rider design, with its potent imagery, ornate detail, and conveyance of supreme force and energy, would become an enduring icon of Dutch coinage. While the silver issues of the type are highly collectible and command a significant premium when encountered in choice preservation, the off-metal gold presentation issues are of an entirely different class in terms of both rarity and desirability.

    Interestingly, examples of the Rider denomination bearing the 1703 date are known only in gold, making the present piece not a true off-metal strike, but rather a separate issue of its own merit. The date is extremely rare, even relative to other gold issues in the series, and is listed in Delmonte as R4 (2 to 3 known). The Dutch Royal Coin cabinet in The Hague is known to have once held an example, from the collection of a Dr. van Oppenraay, but the present whereabouts of that piece are unknown to us, and it may or may not be the example seen here.

    Struck from masterfully engraved dies, the present piece radiates with elegance and prestige. Featuring a bold, full strike, the expertly rendered devices sparkle with jewel-like golden brilliance, a lovely contrast to the smooth, watery gloss of the fields beneath. Scattered contact marks account for the assigned grade, but are of little consequence to the overall superb eye appeal, and blend well into the reflectivity induced by highly polished dies. A singular opportunity for the collector of Dutch rarities, and a piece sure to stand out in any collection.

    From the Paramount Collection

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