A dubbeltje (Dutch pronunciation: [dʏbəltjə]) is a small former Dutch coin, originally made of silver, with a value of a tenth of a Dutch guilder.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" is the diminutive form of the Dutch word "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.")
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.
Dimensions and weight
|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||1.21 mm (1948)
1.21 mm (1950-1980)
1.26 mm (1982-2001)
|Metal||Silver .569||Silver .640||Zinc||Nickel|
|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.|
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