The Dutch 10 Guilder 'Long Hair' Queen Wilhelmina gold coin makes for stunning, old-world necklace. As the first woman billionaire, an undaunted opponent of Adolf Hitler, and one of the longest standing female monarchs in European history, Wilhelmina serves as an empowering historical figure for women the world over. This necklace is a wonderful and inspriational gift for a daughter, wife, mother, sister, or any other special woman in your life.
IMPORTANT: The Dutch Queen Long Hair will present 'upside down' on the reverse as the coin was minted accordingly. This is not an 'interchangeable' front/back peice.
Please note: All pendants are made to order. Please state your preference as to which side of the coin you'd like to see as the front (no prongs, clean lines) and the back (prongs) in the special instructions section of the order form (simply state: "(left/right) of image as pictured on (front/back)"). Orders are automatically combined with chains to provide a package/bulk discount. You do have the option to order the pendant only (by phone), but at an added cost to the price published above.
Queen Wilhelmina, no-one's fool, ascended the throne at a young age after the parliament passed a special law allowing a woman to become monarch. She first displayed an incisive intelligence during a meeting with the powerful Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany prior to World War I. Wilhelm boasted to the young Wilhelmina that "my guards are seven feel tall and yours are only shoulder high to them." To this she replied politely: "Quite true, Your Majesty, your guards are seven feet tall, but when we open our dikes, the water is ten feet deep!"
Later, Wilhelmina would display this same acumen in the world of business and finance. She amassed a fortune through various business dealings and investments that surpassed a billion dollars, making her the first female billionaire in history. She moved throughout her life in the highest circles of international finance. Known for her spunk, she called Adolf Hitler "the archenemy of mankind" after being forced to leave Holland for England during the German invasion. In 1953, when the country was devastated by floods, she bicycled the countryside at 73 years of age offering hope and inspiration to the Dutch people. Her rule lasted a remarkable fifty-eight years.