Netherlands East Indies 1757 1/2 duit KM-PnA1

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Heritage sale 3082, lot 34572
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

In 1794, the Dutch Republic was snuffed out by invading forces of the French Revolution. The East India Company was in an advanced state of decay and was abolished in 1799. The Low Countries did not regain their independence until 1815, with the formation of the kingdom of the Netherlands. The copper half duit was struck for the East Indies at Zeeland (KM 154), Gelderland (KM 55, 56), Westfriesland (KM 137), Holland (KM 72) and Utrecht (KM 112, 114). The copper issues circulated and the silver issues were for presentation. This specimen was lot 34572 in Heritage sale 3082 (New York, January 2020), where it sold for $1,560. The catalog description[1] noted, "Netherlands East Indies: Dutch Colony. United East India Company silver 1/2 Duit 1757 MS66 NGC. Gelderland issue. The first of the type we have handled, deemed as a Pattern or off-metal strike by the Standard Catalog of World Coins, which, however, is almost never seen outside of VF and lower grades. The piece displays very faint baby blue tones complimented with exquisite fields and luster." Gelderland struck half duits for circulation in 1788-90 only.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: copper; KM PnA1: silver.

Catalog reference: KM-PnA1, Scholten-384 (listed only in Proof).


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Sam Spiegel, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Online Auction 3082, featuring the Caranett Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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