Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden - Holland. Provinciale gulden van 20 stuivers 1681 ZELDZAAM
Obverse: crowned Dutch provincial coat of arms between 1 - G - MO : NO : ARGENT : COMIT : HOLL • 1681
Reverse: Dutch Maiden, her right hand holding a spear with a pileus on top and her left elbow resting on a bible standing on a column - HAC NITIMVR HANC TVEMVR
Weight: 10.48 g
Reference: CNM 2.28.98/Delm. 1172/Verk. 51.3
Rarity: RR in this quality
Quality: About Uncirculated details 'whizzed'
Despite 'gulden' (guilder) literally be a corruption of 'gouden' (golden), in Holland in 1680 the first step was taken to strike the first uniform silver guilder with a value of 20 stuivers for the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands. Earlier specimen of Charles V, struck from 1543 onward, were no longer minted starting from his successor Philips II. The reintroduction with a new design from 1680 depicting the provincial lion rampant was immediately replaced by the Dutch Maiden one year later. This image remained unchanged until the end of the Batavian Republic.
The image of the Dutch Maiden, who stands for freedom, with her right hand holding a spear with a hat on top and her left elbow resting on a bible standing on a column, is derived from the Roman goddess of wisdom, Minerva, who in turn is derived from the Greek goddess Pallas Athena. With Latin circumscription HAC NITIMVR HANC TVEMVR which means: we lean on her (the Bible), we protect her (the Dutch Maiden, or freedom).
In popular speech the image was called a 'pop' (doll) which together with 'piek' (pike, another word for spear) became the everyday nickname for the guilder (Florin), which permanently left the Dutch scene as legal tender after 31 December 2001.
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