Once again, we are pleased to announce the publication of the latest in our on-going series of papers regarding the medieval leeuwengroot, or gros au lion coins. Until now, the leeuwengroten of the County of Holland have never been properly or adequately documented (including the well-known works on Holland coins by v.d. Chijs and Grolle)
Also included in the report are the fractional coins (i.e. 1/2 groten etc.), insofar as is possible.
As an ongoing process for our research on the medieval lion groats form the Low Countries (Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg) and France, we looked at another old coin hoard, found during WWI in Flanders and reported in 1956 in the Royal Numismatic Society’s Numismatic
Chronicle by R.H.M. Dolley – “A Small Find of Fourteenth Century Groats From Flanders”.
By kind permission of the Royal Numismatic Society we could use the pictures of Dolley’s article for our research.
By this time we have to develop our theory of dating some of the Flemish emissions of the leeuwengroten. Which has some consequences for dating the hoard.
As part of our research in to the medieval lion groat (gros compagnon or leeuwengroot), we have looked at another coin hoard containing these coins. This time it was the Albecq Hoard found in 1995, on Guernsey. A place we did not expect lion groats to have circulated.
Together with fellow researcher Paul Torongo we have published our report on an old coin hoard.
The hoard was discovered in 1932 in Dokkum in the northern part of the Netherlands on the site of a former monastery (Klaarkamp). The coins were transferred to the local museum in the 70’s but never fully described until now. This report is part of our bigger research on the medieval gros compagnon au lion also know as leeuwengroot or lion groat.
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.
The coin can be seen in the online catalog www.mpo.nl. MPO auction 36, Lot no. “>1470
25 Cent 1817.U (Utrecht mint) (Sch. 284a / KM 48) – FDC / RRR.
Start bid EUR 20.000, result EURO 62.000