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    A Modern Rarity

    Beatrix gold Proof 50 Gulden 1982 MS64 PCGS, Utrecht mint, KM207a. Issued to commemorate Dutch-American Friendship. Obv. Head of Queen Beatrix left. Rev. Value with lion and eagle. PCGS has this piece certified as MS64, but just glancing at this piece shows how obvious it is that this is Proof strike. The devices are heavily frosted, with superbly mirrored fields and stark cameo contrast. A few, barely noticeable, wispy hairlines are noted, but the appearance is quite impressive and the stated grade appears extremely conservative. The only listing of this gold presentation strike is in KM and they list the mintage as 2 pieces. This is incorrect, as according to the mint six examples were produced. We can find no previous example of a gold striking of this issue being sold, and our associate in the Netherlands tells us that none have ever been on the market.

    In general: Holland issued 9 different silver 50 gulden pieces between 1982 and 1998, all to commemorate important historical events of national importance. Only in some cases a very small number was also struck in gold. In 1988 two gold 50-gulden pieces 'William and Mary' were struck during a special celebration in the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) in Amsterdam in the presence of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, and Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain, with each receiving one gold striking. An employee held two spare examples in the case of a malfunctioning screw press. These last two pieces are now part of the National Numismatic Collection in the Netherlands. In this museum are also two gold strikes of the 50 gulden of 1990 which was struck in the presence of former queen Juliana. Apart from these 4 gold strikes the National Numismatic Collection has no 50-guldens in gold. The 1982, 1988, and the 1990 are the only known silver 50 Guldens that have had presentation issues struck in gold.

    The 1982 50-gulden coin was struck in a mintage of 6 pieces, presented in custom-wooden boxes with the Dutch coat of arms on top. Unfortunately, the original box for this piece has been mis-placed. In an article in a Dutch newspaper from 1982, it is stated that one piece was given to Queen Beatrix, and this is the piece given to Beatrix in 1982. The remaining 5 examples have never surfaced, and if they still exist are probably not available for the public. There are no examples of the 1982 issue in the National Collection of the Netherlands, while two pieces each of the 1988 and 1990 50 Gulden in gold are held in the Collection. This is the only example ever offered for public sale and we are pleased to be chosen to offer this extreme rarity.

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