Netherlands East Indies 1896 1/4 gulden

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Heritage sale 3076, lot 34429
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 34429 in Heritage sale 3076 (Long Beach, CA, September 2019), where it sold for $240. The catalog description[1] noted, "Netherlands East Indies: Dutch Colony. Wilhelmina 1/4 Gulden 1896-(u) MS62 NGC, Utrecht mint. Fully brilliant with mint iridescence and a coin which surely exceeds the majority of its competition not only in grade, but also in terms of visual allure. From the Seki Collection." This type was struck 1854-58, 1882-85, 1890-1900 and is common. 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.

Recorded mintage: 1,230,000, a fairly common date.

Specification: 3.18 g, 0720 fine silver, 18.5 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 305, Scholten-798.


  • 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.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3076, featuring the Allen Moretti Swiss Collection and the James Mossman Collection of Canadian Coinage, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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