Netherlands East Indies 1854 1/20 gulden
This specimen was lot 633 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $726. The catalog description noted, "MALAY ARCHIPELAGO, Colonial. Nederlands-Oost-Indië (Netherlands East Indies). William III. 1849-1890. Proof AR 1/20 Gulden. Utrecht mint; muntmeestertekens: sword and winged caduceus. H.A. van den Wall Bake, mintmaster. Dated 1854. In NGC encapsulation graded Proof 65. Superb gem iridescent proof with multicolored hues. Extremely rare. None graded higher. Very low mintage of circa 1000." This type was struck 1854-55 only. The Dutch hold on the East Indies in the early nineteenth century was weak and the British captured Batavia more than once during the Napoleonic Wars. Dutch control was restored at the Congress of Vienna. In the 1820's, the Dutch had conquered Java, parts of Sumatra and the Moluccas and the empire was steadily expanded to include all of what is now Indonesia by World War One.
Recorded mintage: est. 1,000.
Specification: 0.61 g, .720 fine silver, 12.5 mm diameter, this specimen is 13 mm diameter, 0.62 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 307; Y 4; Scholten 766.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Peters, T., J. Scheper and J. Mevius, Muntalmanak 2014, 31e editie, Amsterdam: Nederlandse vereniging van munthandelaren, 2013.
- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.