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Strictly limited to a low mintage of 1,000, the Zuytdorp follows on from the first two releases in the series featuring the Batavia and the Gilt Dragon.
The exquisite design of the reverse conveys two scenes to communicate the journey of the Zuytdorp. With the image of the ship viewed upright, the Zuytdorp is shown setting sail in its full glory. Flipping the coin to view the text of ‘1712’ and ‘Zuytdorp' upright depicts the ship in its final state capsized shortly after wrecking in 1712. The obverse design depicts scenes from the dramatic story of the Zuytdorp."
A Mint First - first time an antique finish has been applied on a RAM bullion program
Contains 1oz of .999 fine silver
Third release in the four coin antiqued series
Limited mintage of just 1,000 coins worldwide
First triangular-shaped bullion coin in the world
Presented in unique protective triangular capsule
History & Significance
In 1711, Dutch East India Company trading ship, the Zuytdorp (meaning ‘South Village’), set out from the Netherlands for Batavia on what was to be its third and final voyage. Onboard were more than 200 men and precious cargo comprising 250,000 silver coins.
After nearly seven months at sea with scurvy claiming the lives of many men, the Zuytdorp continued its journey from the Cape of Good Hope via the Indian Ocean.Zuytdorp never arrived at Batavia and with no knowledge of where it may have sunk or whether it had been taken by pirates, no search was ever made. The wreck was found more than 200 years later off the coast of Western Australia along a stretch now known as the Zuytdorp Cliffs. Divers of the wreck have reported a ‘Carpet of Silver’ – the result of thousands of silver coins strewn along the ocean floor. These coins inscribed with ‘Zeeland’ and ‘1711’ helped identify the wreck as the ill-fated Zuytdorp, which still abounds in mystery today.