Netherlands 1938 2-1/2 gulden

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 688

This specimen was lot 688 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $605. The catalog description[1] noted, "NETHERLANDS, Kingdom. Wilhelmina. 1890-1948. AR 2½ Gulden. Utrecht mint; muntmeestertekens: bunch of grapes and winged caduceus. Mr. G. Blom, mintmaster. Dated 1938. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 63. Superb frosty coin with just a few light bag marks on the obverse. Overall extremely choice." The specimen is a common date of a type struck at the Utrecht mint for the Netherlands 1929-33 and 1937-40. Most of the dates are common but 1932 and 1938 have a "deep hair line" variety which is rare. The bust of Wilhelmina (r. 1890-1948) shown here first appeared on the ½ gulden of 1921 and was used until the end of WW II.

Recorded mintage: 2,000,000, a common date, tho the "deep hair line" variety is rare.

Specification: 25 g, .720 fine silver, .578 troy oz ASW, edge lettered GOD * ZU * MET * ONS *, designed by J. C Weinecke. This specimen 37 mm diameter, 25.07 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: KM 165, Y 47; Dav-238, Sch-790a.


  • Peters, T., J. Scheper and J. Mevius, Muntalmanak 2014, 31e editie, Amsterdam: Nederlandse vereniging van munthandelaren, 2013.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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