Netherlands East Indies 1802 1/2 gulden
This specimen was lot 627 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 1/2 Gulden. Enkhuizen mint; im: star. Dated 1802. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 65. Highest ever graded. Cameo iridescent patina over very lustrous surfaces. Purchased from F. S. Werner, October 1971." This specimen sold for three 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: 5.38 g, .916 fine silver, also struck in gold. This specimen is 22 mm diameter, 5.29 g, 1h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 82; Cr 40.1; Schulman 490.
- 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.