Four-Coin Type Sets from the Netherlands
King Willem III, Queen Wilhelmina (Long Hair, Mature, Elder)
.1947 troy ounce per coin – .7788 troy ounce per set
These four coin sets from the Netherlands are offered in Brilliant Uncirculated condition and comprise all 10 Guilder denominated coinage minted from 1875-1933. The 'Long Hair' Wilhelmina variety is exceptionally rare, minted for just one year (1897) and a total mintage of just 450,000. The World Gold Coin Catalog suggest a retail value for this coin of $450 by iteself. King Willem 10 Guilders are also hard to come by, especially in uncirculated condition. The later Wilhelmina coins are more common, and perenially act as a foundational position for asset-preservation minded gold owners seeking divisible negotiability and insulation against government intervention risk.
Historical Note Queen Wilhelmina:
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. This series -- both the king and queen varieties -- remains a popular addition to accumulations in both the United States and Europe.