Netherlands East Indies 1786 3 gulden KM-117
This specimen was lot 43772 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2019), where it sold for $1,680. The catalog description noted, "NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES. 3 Gulden, 1786. Utrecht Mint. PCGS AU-53. Sharply struck with pale pastel iridescence in the fields. From the Collection of Dr. James Eustace Bizzell, II." This type was struck at several provinces: KM 54 (Gelderland, scarce); KM 117 (Utrecht, most common); KM 140 (Westfriesland); KM 155 (Zeeland, 1789 only). We don't know why a distinctive design for the East Indies was considered necessary as three gulden were already being struck for the metropolis. In 1794, the Dutch Republic was snuffed out by invading forces of the French Revolution. The Low Countries did not regain their independence until 1815, with the formation of the kingdom of the Netherlands.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 31.82 g, .920 fine silver.
Catalog reference: Dav-426; KM-117.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, Matt Orsini and Cris Chatigny, The January 2019 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.