For centuries people in Europe and indeed the world relied on tangible coin (silver and gold) for their commercial future. For the major players the multitude of mints in Europe posed a problem: how to know which mint to trust? Which coin to accept as payment for delivery of goods?
The reintroduction of gold as method of payment for large debts, settled on a single coin to be accepted all over the known world: the gold ducat. Minted all over Europe it was de facto the standard for trade between nations and people before the rise of the Sovereign and the Dollar as world reserve currencies backed by their issuing governments as the predominant power in the world.
The intention is to list all known minted ducats: from their earliest beginnings in Italy to the ducats still minted today in the Netherlands. This project will grow in the years to come and will for the near future concentrate on the ducats minted since 1586 in the Netherlands.