West Friesland also known as North Holland is a historical region in the northern part of the Netherlands. It was located in parts of what now is Noord-Holland and the Wadden Sea. For about 300 years, West Friesland operated as an autonomous area as the West Frisians did not want to be subjected to authorities from Holland. Floris V, Count of Holland attempted to unite Holland and West Friesland during his reign, and he succeeded in annexing West Frisia. But it was his successor John I who finally defeated the West Frisians in 1297. However, even though West Friesland formed a united province with Holland in the Dutch Republic, it was recognized a separate region and the parliament of said province, commonly known as Holland, was formally known as the States of Holland and West Friesland, showing that West Friesland was still recognized in its own right.

The duit was a copper Dutch coin worth 2 penning, with 8 duit pieces equal to one stuiver and 160 duit pieces equal to one gulden. To prevent smuggling, the Dutch East India Company (VOC) ordered special coins with their monogram embossed upon them.


Crowned arms of West Friesland: a shield with two facing lions walking left.


The VOC's monogram logo in the middle, mintmark or privy mark on a top between dots, date below. The rosette mint mark (if any) indicates that this coin was minted in Dordrecht.

The Dutch East India Company, officially the United East India Company (Dutch: Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie; VOC) was a megacorporation founded by a government-directed amalgamation of several rival Dutch trading companies (voorcompagnieën) in the early 17th century.

Founded in 1602, the Dutch East India Company, started off as a spice trader. In the same year, the VOC undertook the world's first recorded IPO. "Going public" enabled the company to raise the vast sum of 6.5 million guilders quickly.


Material Copper
Weight 3.2 g
Diameter 21 mm
Thickness 1 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal

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Copper, 3.84 g, ⌀ 22 mm