Dubbeltje

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10 Cent, 1948
10 Cent, 1950
10 Cent, 2000
Obverse 10 cent, 1942.
Reverse 10 cent, 1942.

A dubbeltje is a small former Dutch coin, originally of silver, with a value of a tenth of a Dutch guilder. The 10 euro-cent coin is currently also called a dubbeltje in the Netherlands.

The name "dubbeltje" came from "dubbel" (Dutch for "double") because it was worth two stuivers. When the decimal system came to the Netherlands (about 1800) the 10 cent coin was named a "dubbeltje". Before the euro came the dubbeltje was the world's smallest coin in use; it weighed 1.5 grams. Formerly in the Netherlands the silver stuiver (0.685 gram) and the halfje (1.25 gram) were smaller.

In Dutch slang a dubbeltje was named a beisje, from Dutch-Yiddish beis, the value of two stuivers.

The central opening in a CD is exactly the size of a dubbeltje. Joop Sinjou, head of Philips audio products development, said that "De snelste beslissing in de ontwikkelingsfase was over de diameter van het gat in de cd. Ik legde een dubbeltje op tafel en dat werd de maat." ("The fastest decision in the development phase was about the diameter of the hole in the CD. I put a dubbeltje on the table and that was the size.")[1]

There are Dutch sayings about the dubbeltje:

  • Dat was een dubbeltje op zijn kant (That was a dubbeltje on its edge): A narrow escape
  • Voor een dubbeltje op de eerste rij/rang (willen) zitten (To (want to) sit on the first row/rank for a dubbeltje): He gets (or wants to get) more for his money than he would expect from the price paid.

Automatic translation from Dutch to English often translates "dubbeltje" as "dime".

Dimensions and weight[edit]

10 cent 1818-1828 10 cent 1848-1945 10 cent 1941-1943 10 cent 1948-2001
Gram 1.69  gram 1.4  gram 3.3 gram 1.5 gram
Diameter 18  mm 15  mm (1848-1890)
15.2  mm (1892-1897)
15  mm (1898-1945)
22  mm 15  mm
Thickness  ?  mm 0.86  mm (1848-1849)
0.96  mm (1849-1890)
0.81  mm (1892-1897)
1  mm (1926-1945)
1.5  mm 1.3  mm (1948)
1.21  mm (1950-1980)
1.26  mm (1982-2001)
Metal Silver .569 Silver .640 Zinc Nickel

Source[2][3]

Versions[edit]

Monarch Mint Material Obverse Reverse Edge Minting years
William I Utrecht and Brussels Silver Crowned W between the mint year Crowned Dutch coat of arms between value Smooth with no edge lettering 1818(U), 1819(U), 1822(U), 1823(B), 1825-1828(U and B)
William II Utrecht Silver Kings bust to the left Value and mint year between two bonded oak branches Reeded with no edge lettering 1848, 1849
William III Utrecht Silver Kings bust to the right Value and mint year between two bonded oak branches Reeded with no edge lettering 1849, 1850, 1853, 1855, 1856, 1859, 1862, 1863, 1868, 1869, 1871, 1973, 1874, 1876-1882, 1884, 1885, 1887, 1889, 1890
Wilhelmina Utrecht Silver Queens bust to the left with loose hair Value and mint year between two bonded oak branches Reeded with no edge lettering 1892
Wilhelmina Utrecht Silver Queens bust to the left with loose hair (broader) Value and mint year between two bonded oak branches Reeded with no edge lettering 1893-1897
Wilhelmina Utrecht Silver Queens head with diadem to the left Value and mint year between two bonded oak branches Reeded with no edge lettering 1898, 1901
Wilhelmina Utrecht Silver Queens head with diadem to the left (broader) Value and mint year between two bonded oak branches Reeded with no edge lettering 1903
Wilhelmina Utrecht Silver Queens head with diadem to the left (smaller) Value and mint year between two bonded oak branches Reeded with no edge lettering 1904-1906
Wilhelmina Utrecht Silver Queens bust with stoat cloak to the left Value and mint year between two bonded oak branches Reeded with no edge lettering 1910-1919, 1921, 1925
Wilhelmina Utrecht, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Denver Silver Queens head to the left Value and mint year between two bonded oak branches Reeded with no edge lettering 1926-1928(U), 1930(U), 1934-1939(U), 1941(U and P), 1942(P), 1943(P), 1944(P, S and D), 1945(P)
German occupation coin Utrecht Zinc Three stylized tulip Value and mint year between two twigs Reeded with no edge lettering 1941-1943
Wilhelmina Utrecht Nickel Queens head to the left Value and mint year under a crown Reeded with no edge lettering 1948
Juliana Utrecht Nickel Queens head to the right Value and mint year under a crown Reeded with no edge lettering 1950, 1951, 1954-1980
Beatrix Utrecht Nickel Half Queens head to the left Value with rectangular planes Reeded with no edge lettering 1982-2001
Discontinued due to introduction of the euro.

Source[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Philips geëerd voor uitvinding compact disc (Philips honored for inventing the compact disc)".  (in Dutch)
  2. ^ "numista.com". Retrieved 2014-05-20. 
  3. ^ "numista.com". Retrieved 2014-05-20. 
  4. ^ "nomisma.nl". Retrieved 2014-05-17.