2017 Lion Dollar Royal Dutch Mint Silver Coin 1 oz
- Year: 2017
- Metal Content:1 troy oz
- Purity: .999 fine silver
- Thickness: 2.75 mm
- Diameter: 38.68 mm
The Dutch Lion taler was one of the world’s most important trade coins during the 1600s and 1700s.
To celebrate the famous coin, named for the lion in its design, the Royal Dutch Mint has issued a silver bullion coin celebrating the iconic imagery.
The obverse of the 2017 coin depicts a standing knight. In front of his legs rests a shield bearing a lion in what is known as the rampant position. (This lion is found on both the Dutch and Belgian coats of arms.)
Within two circles of beadwork around the rim on the obverse is the legend MO. ARG. PRO. CONFOE. BELG.—short for “Moneta Argentea Provinciarum Confoederatum Belgicarum,” or “Silver money of the Province of the Netherlands,” followed by the letters TRA (representing Utrecht).
The reverse displays the same heraldic lion in a larger size, and as with the obverse design it has two circles of beadwork around the rim enclosing a legend, the date of issue, 2017, and the motto of the United Provinces, CONFIDENS. DNO. NON. MOVETVR, or “Who trusts in the Lord is not moved” (“DNO” is an abbreviation of “Domino,” or “Lord”). In addition, references to the metal, weight and fineness appear on the reverse.