Netherlands East Indies 1802 1/16 gulden
This specimen was lot 624 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $1,089. The catalog description noted, "MALAY ARCHIPELAGO, Colonial. Nederlands-Oost-Indië (Netherlands East Indies). Bataafse Republiek (Batavian Republic). 1799-1806. AR 1/16 Gulden. Enkhuizen mint; im: star. Dated 1802. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 66. Superb gem UNC, deeply toned. Highest ever graded. Purchased from Frank Lapa, January 1970." This one year type comes in two varieties: KM 77 with circle, KM 78 without (shown here). This specimen sold for seven times the catalog value. The Dutch hold on the East Indies at this point was weak and the British captured Batavia more than once during the Napoleonic Wars. Dutch control was restored at the Congress of Vienna and was steadily expanded to include all of what is now Indonesia.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 0.66 g, .916 fine silver. This specimen is 0.78 g, 12h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 77; Cr 38; Schulman 497.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.