A dubbeltje (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈdɵbəlcə] ) is a small former Dutch coin, originally made of silver, with a value of a tenth of a Dutch guilder.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".
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:
Automatic translation from Dutch to English often translates "dubbeltje" as "dime".
|10-cent 1818–1828||10-cent 1848–1945||10-cent 1941–1943||10-cent 1948–2001|
|Mass||1.69 grams||1.4 grams||3.3 grams||1.5 grams|
|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||King's bust to the left||Value and mint year between two bonded oak branches||Reeded with no edge lettering||1848, 1849|
|William III||Utrecht||Silver||King's 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||Queen's 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||Queen's 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||Queen's 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||Queen's 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||Queen's 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||Queen's 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 tulips||Value and mint year between two twigs||Reeded with no edge lettering||1941–1943|
|Wilhelmina||Utrecht||Nickel||Queen's head to the left||Value and mint year under a crown||Reeded with no edge lettering||1948|
|Juliana||Utrecht||Nickel||Queen's head to the right||Value and mint year under a crown||Reeded with no edge lettering||1950, 1951, 1954–1980|
|Beatrix||Utrecht||Nickel||Half Queen's 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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