Java 1765 rupee
This specimen was lot 33532 in Heritage sale 3073 (Chicago, April 2019), where it sold for $660. The catalog description noted, "Java. United East India Company Rupee 1765 UNC Details (Cleaned) NGC, Scholten mm 8. Simply unheard-of condition for this almost universally heavily circulated and frequently cleaned type, the surfaces icy and fully satiny, radiant flow lines pervading throughout the surfaces and giving the coin an overall shimmering finish. It would seem to the present cataloger that the 'cleaned' designation assigned by NGC, something of a disservice to so gorgeous a specimen, likely comes from a lack of cartwheel luster--a feature which is never found on even Mint State Javanese rupees of the period. Needless to say this is likely one of the nicest available. From the Seki Collection." This type was struck 1764-67, 1783-88. Java, the chief island of Indonesia, was occupied by the British 1811-16. After the Vienna Congress in 1815, Indonesia was returned to the Dutch but the English kept their colonies in Malaya, especially Singapore.
Recorded mintage: 296,000 for 1765-67.
Specification: 13.15 g, .833 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM 175.1, Scholten-457e (R).
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2010.
- van der Wis, Jan, and Tom Passon, Catalogus van de Nederlandse Munten geslagen sind bet aantreden van Philips II tot aan het einde van de Bataafse Republiek (1555-1806), 2nd ed., Apeldoorn, Netherlands: Omni-Trading b.v., 2009.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3073, featuring the Lake County Collection of British coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.