A DUTCH EAST INDIA COMPANY V.O.C. (VEREENIGDE OOSTINDISCHE COMPAGNIE) SILVER INGOT FROM THE ROOSWIJK CARGO
A DUTCH EAST INDIA COMPANY V.O.C. (VEREENIGDE OOSTINDISCHE COMPAGNIE) SILVER INGOT FROM THE ROOSWIJK CARGO

STAMPED WITH THE MARK OF THE AMSTERDAM CHAMBER OF THE V.O.C., WITH ASSAY MASTER'S MARK OF A RAMPANT GOAT, CIRCA 1739

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A DUTCH EAST INDIA COMPANY V.O.C. (VEREENIGDE OOSTINDISCHE COMPAGNIE) SILVER INGOT FROM THE ROOSWIJK CARGO
STAMPED WITH THE MARK OF THE AMSTERDAM CHAMBER OF THE V.O.C., WITH ASSAY MASTER'S MARK OF A RAMPANT GOAT, CIRCA 1739
Shaped rectangular
6 ¼ in. (16 cm.) long
63 oz. 2 dwt. (1,964 gr.)

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The Rooswijk was a Dutch East Indiaman bound from Amsterdam and the Texel to Jakarta, which floundered after grounding on the Goodwin Sands at the end of 1739. The site, discovered in 2005, now a designated site under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973, had already yielded some 1,000 artefacts including some 553 silver ingots, including the present example. The ingots, each approximately 4 lbs in weight, were made from silver mined in Mexico and sold to the Amsterdam Chamber of the V.O.C. They were destined for use in the coinage of Batavia. Other examples from the cargo were sold Christie's, London 24 May 2018, lot 488, 14 November 2018, lot 519 and 30 January 2019, lot 21.
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