The Akerendam left Texel on the 17th of January, 1725, on her maiden voyage to the Dutch East Indies. She took the northern route around Scotland (route achterom) but was struck by a blizzard in the North Sea. She was pushed off course and stranded near Runde Island in Norway. All of her crew members perished. A large portion of the cargo was silver and gold coins which had been produced specifically for inter-Asiatic trading purposes, and Akerendam carried 19 chests of these newly minted coins. The loss of Akerendam was a very large one for the VOC.
The year she sank, locals from Goksøyrs in Norway discovered parts of the wreck and other debris on the beach. Part of the cargo was then salvaged from the wreck itself, and auctioned on the 19th of March 1725, which was only eleven days after Akerendam sank. Among the items auctioned were five of the nineteen chests of coins and barrels of French wine.
The Runde hoard
Ca 57.000 coins were recovered and examined from the wreck site. The gold coins were preserved very well, although the silver coins were heavily corroded. The coins were found in clusters, and the best specimens were found in the center. The coins found from Akerendam is Norway's largest find of coins. 67.7% of the find went to the finders, 24.7% went to the Norwegian government, and 7% went to the government of the Netherlands. The finders share was sold in Switzerland in 1978. Part of the hoard is on display in Oslo University Coin Cabinet.