Netherlands East Indies 1884 1/10 gulden
This specimen was lot 72663 in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, October 2019), where it sold for $132. The catalog description noted, "NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES. 1/10 Gulden, 1884. William III. PCGS MS-64 Gold Shield. Full of blazing eye appeal, this captivating Near Gem offers a russet-crimson tone above an alluring lustrous brilliance. Only two examples have been graded finer in the PCGS census." The Dutch hold on the East Indies in the early nineteenth century was weak and the British captured Batavia more than once during the Napoleonic Wars. Dutch control was restored at the Congress of Vienna. In the 1900's, the Dutch had conquered the profitable parts and the empire was steadily expanded to include all of what is now Indonesia by World War One. However, their founding of schools for the natives led to the rise of an educated elite eager for independence. This type was struck 1854-58, 1882-85, 1891-1900 and is common in all grades.
Recorded mintage: 3,550,000.
Specification: 1.25 g, .720 fine silver, 15 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-304.1.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Peters, T., J. Scheper and J. Mevius, Muntalmanak 2014, 31e editie, Amsterdam: Nederlandse vereniging van munthandelaren, 2013.
- Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The October 2019 Collector's Choice Sale: World and Ancient Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2019.