Wednesday 14th till 17th November the MPO (Munten- en Postzegel Organisatie) held their auction of coins, medals and banknotes.
A record was set for a rare Dutch 25 cents 1817 struck under king Willem I. This 25 cents (kwartje in Dutch) was the first of its type after the French occupation of the Netherlands. Decision to strike these coins was made in 1816 and in 1817 the first trial strikes were made. The results were not satisfying and the trials were recalled to be destroyed. A few survived and one of them was auctioned Friday 16th November.
The hammer price was EURO 62.000. With the auction costs and VAT the total for the buyer was EURO 76.260. According to the auction house a record for a coin of Dutch origin.