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ZUTPHEN Hanseatic League Hansa Silver Coin 5$ Cook Islands 2010


The third coin of the lucky series "Hanseatic League" is dedicated to the Hansa city of Zutphen. The coin has gone through a special minting process to give it an "antiqued" appearance. This city is known as the "City of Towers", because of the presence of large number of towers in the city.

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The Hanseatic League was an alliance of trading cities that was established during the Late Middle Ages and Early modern period, c.13th- 17th centuries. This alliance was able to control trade monopoly along from the North Sea to the Baltic Sea along the Northern European coast. This alliance was also often referred to as the Hansa. There are many reasons other than the ones above that the Hanseatic cities are so significant from a historical point of view. Perhaps the biggest reason is the fact that the cities were controlled by their own law system and mutual aid.
Most historians have tracked the origins of the Hanseatic League to during the time period when Duke Henry the Lion of Saxony started to rebuild the Lubeck in 1159 in Northern Germany. This reconstruction occurred after Henry had helped to capture the town from Count Adolf II of Holstein. After this happened, Lubeck became one of the premier locations for trading along the cost and acted as a means of trading with towns over seas. These guilds were also referred to as Hansa. This is the reason that the Hanseatic League is something that so many different collectors and historians are always interested in learning more about this significant historical period. It is also the reason that rare artifacts and coinage from this time and area have started to become highly sought after by many collectors. This is the reason that it is important to have this type of information to collectors interested in purchasing these types of collectibles.

  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2010
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)25
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityAntique Finish
  • Mintage (pcs)1.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)No
Some of the major sightseeing in Zutphen includes the following - Walburgkerk: This is the largest tower in the city of Zutphen. You can site this tower at the major square of the city. This tower reflects great work of architecture. The colossal tower magnetizes large number of tourists to its place. It gives a clear idea of the craftsmanship of the period. Librije: this is a medieval library that has a collection of large number of books of all ages. In this library books are kept safe since 1600's.
The coin's obverse depicts the city of Zupthen with a particular detail about its symbol: towers of the city. The coin also portays in relief the statue of Saint Walpurga, bronze plated, patron of the city, the inscription "City of Towers", the year of issue and the Zutphen coat of arms. The reverse, common for all coins in the series, shows Queen Elisabeth II effigy and a stylized image of the cities that belonged to the Hanseatic League and the nominal value.