Overview of Dutch coins from 1795-2001

It is now almost 60 years – I was 11 years old at the time – since my father, an unsurpassable man, gave me a first edition of his guide to Dutch coins (Handboek der Nederlandse munten) as a present to celebrate Saint Nicholas Day, along with the rhyme shown here. The first edition of the book was published in 1946.

After modest beginnings, with just 2,500 copies printed, the book rapidly gained in popularity, and by the time the fifth edition appeared in 1975 it was used worldwide as the standard reference work for Dutch coins from 1795 onwards. The numbers listed in the book are used internationally for identification purposes.

Over the years, I have seen many new coins and coin variants. I have catalogued the new knowledge I have gained in a very contemporary way, including an appropriate numbering system. This database of Dutch coins from 1795-2001 is unique, revolutionary and freely accessible to anyone – unimaginable in 1946, but entirely apt in 2018.

You may be wondering why it has taken us so long to share this information with collectors. Publishing relatively small print runs of books is a costly and very time-consuming business, plus a book is by its very nature a static medium. Today, the internet offers us a whole new world of opportunities for sharing knowledge, and I am keen to take advantage of them. Providing open access to information about coins in this database will enable the knowledge to be shared more easily and more widely. By sharing it free of charge, I hope to reach a new generation of potential coin collectors and to fuel enthusiasm for numismatics. Another significant benefit of this database is that it can be updated at any time.

To teach myself how to use it, I will be gradually adding content in chronological order, starting with the Batavian Republic (1795-1805). You are welcome to send me any questions, comments or feedback!

Laurens Schulman

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Which information does our database contain?

  • Extensive overview of Dutch coins from the period from 1795-2001

  • Content is being added in phases, starting with the Batavia Republic

  • Background information about various aspects of numismatics

Laurens Schulman

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