Origin: These coins of the Dutch East India Co. were struck within the 1700's. Many have corrosion that suggest being discovered underground or even underwater, though all have legible details like the examples shown. They have been acquired from private collections and thoroughly authenticated by the History Hoard team.
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The largest corporation ever was also the world's first.
"Powerful" doesn't even begin to describe the Dutch East India Company's influence in the 1700's.
Think of the largest, most powerful corporation you can picture today, and double it.
Then double it again.
Double it one more time, and you'll have a general idea of the size of the Dutch East India Company.
Also known as the "VOC," the company was the world's first multinational corporation. In reality, it wasn't just a company. It was an empire.
The VOC went beyond just controlling trade routes. It kept a standing army of 40 warships and 10,000 troops, created its own fortresses, and had the authority to issue its own money.
It's unimaginable today, but this was the reality of early megacorporations.
Our VOC coins give you the chance to own a piece of this fascinating time in history, and feel the immense power once wielded by the world's first corporation.
A painted depiction of an Dutch East India Company warship
About the Dutch East India Company
It's hard to comprehend just how massive the Dutch East India Company (VOC) really was. The megacorporation was not only the sole trading company in all of southeast Asia, but also had its own private military to defend its holdings. They minted their own corporate money, and literally created the modern day financial system by introducing the idea of international financial centers and stock trading. It existed over a span of almost 200 years, from 1602 to its dissolution in 1799.
Of course, the company had a notorious dark side. It was known to be ruthless to the native populations of the lands it controlled, often warring with them or simply using them as slave labor. It exemplified the evils of colonialism, mercilessly conquering and exploiting any land that came under its control.
Despite this, its influence is still felt in many ways to this day. Cultures changed by being introduced to new spices and other goods, the foundations of modern economic systems were established, and corporate branding and culture were created for the first time. For better and for worse, the VOC would change almost every aspect of the world forever.
Your order will include:
- One VOC copper duit, dated within the 18th century
- Glass top leather display box
- Detail card with relevant information about the relic
- Certificate of Authenticity
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Actually, many relics are able to be owned by anyone.
Typically, museums only want to display items that are either very rare or incredibly well preserved. This leaves many items that don't make the cut, and these are able to be owned by individuals.
While the items we sell aren't "museum grade," they still carry with them the same amount of history and uniqueness. Each relic was still hand made by a person, hundreds or even thousands of years ago.
One of our core values is not to damage or alter any of the artifacts we sell.
History needs to be preserved—after all, there is a limited amount of it that survives—but it is also something to be shared with the masses. For this reason, we put our relics in sturdy display cases that are safe to handle, but are mindful that someday the relic may need to be taken out again.
No glue or resin holds the items in place. Instead, we're developed our own method for holding the relics securely in their displays using pressure alone. In fact, any of our relics can be removed in their original condition by simply opening the display case.
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