Netherlands East Indies 1802 1/4 gulden
This specimen was lot 626 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $1,149.50. The catalog description noted, "MALAY ARCHIPELAGO, Colonial. Nederlands-Oost-Indië (Netherlands East Indies). Bataafse Republiek (Batavian Republic). 1799-1806. AR 1/4 Gulden. Enkhuizen mint; im: star. Dated 1802. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 66. Highest ever graded. Gem UNC with very light patina over fully lustrous surfaces. Purchased from Century Stamp & Coin." This specimen sold for six 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: 2.65 g, .917 fine silver, also struck in gold. This specimen is 23 mm diameter, 2.67 g, 1h axis.
Catalog reference:KM 81; Cr 40; Schulman 492.
- 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.