"The First New York Penny" - VOC Copper Duit - Circa 1700's


 "First New York Penny"

Circa: 1600- 1800 AD

Mint: Holland - Dutch East India Trading Company

Denomination: Copper Duit

Frame: Sterling Silver     

Description: The initials VOC on one side of the coin stand for Dutch East India Company. The other side of the coin shows the coat of arms of the Dutch province where the coin was struck.

History: This coin is often referred to as the "First New York Penny." They were produced by the Dutch East India Company for use in the spice trade. At the peak of this companies' history, they employed 36,000 people facilitating trade from Asia and the East. The coins were minted in the Netherlands and used by the company for trade in the Dutch colonies and around the world.  They are still found in Dutch VOC shipwreck sites and former VOC colonies.