Java 1798 1/2 rupee

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Jean Elsen sale 139, lot 1047
This specimen was lot 1047 in Jean Elsen sale 139 (Brussels, December 2018), where it sold for €6,000 (about US$8,008 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"NEDERLANDS INDIE, Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie (1602-1799), AV halve gouden ropij, 1798, Batavia. Zeer zeldzaam Miniem gebrek aan metaal aan de rand. Prachtig. Uit verzameling Garrett, verzameling Irving Goodman en verzameling Dr. Chang, veiling Spink Singapore, 21 June 1997, 85. (Netherlands East Indies, 1602-+1799, gold half rupee of 1798, Batavia mint. Rare, minor edge defect, Extremely Fine. From the Garrett, Irving Goodman and Dr. Chang collections.)"
This type was struck by the Dutch in 1793-99. 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: unknown.

Specification: 8.00 g, .792 fine gold, this specimen 8,05 g.

Catalog reference: KM 177. Scholten 447; Fr-12.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 139, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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