Coin and Paper Money Collecting/VOC 1754 Coin


Hi there,

I have a VOC 1754 coin. On the back is a lion with three wavy lines across the bottom half of the lion, and it is all set inside a shield shape. Above the shield is a crown.  Above the VOC are three little symbols, which look like two different types of star and a castle.

Would you have any idea of what this is, and how much it may be worth? It is in good condition.

Many thanks.


Hi Carole,
This is a Dutch colonial "duit". These were made with large numbers with several different designs depending where they were made. The one with the design you describe is from the Zeeland mint. Such coins were used everywhere from the South-East Asian colonies all the way to NY where the dutch had also settled.
Despite their age, they are quite common coins when they are circulated. One in average condition typically sells for $5 to $10 on ebay.
Thanks for the question! =)

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Dmitry Livshits


My specialty is world coins from the 18th to 20th centuries, primarily non-US foreign coins and related areas such as errors and exonumia (tokens, medals, etc.). I can answer questions relating to identification, grading, selling, preservation and evaluation of such items. In addition to catalog value, I can give you the practical market value and trends for specific types of coins. I will also take questions regarding counterfeits (both modern and antique) and on how to identify them. I am NOT knowledgeable in paper money/banknotes, ancient or "shipwreck" coins. Thank you.


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