Netherlands East Indies 1944 sen
This specimen was lot 637 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $2,904. The catalog description noted, "MALAY ARCHIPELAGO, Colonial. Nederlands-Oost-Indië (Netherlands East Indies). Japanese Occupation. 1942-1945. AL Sen. Osaka mint. Dated NE 2604 (AD 1944). In NGC encapsulation graded MS 63. Extremely rare and difficult to find in this uncirculated condition. Purchased from Meridian Coin Company." This type is listed in the SCWC under Japan. The Dutch had conquered 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 agitation was aggravated first by the Nazi conquest of the Netherlands in May 1940 and then the Japanese invasion of the East Indies in December 1941. The Dutch were unprepared and resistance quickly collapsed. However, by the time this coin was manufactured in 1944, the Japanese were losing to the United States and were unable to ship the issue to its destination.
Recorded mintage: 66,810,000 but not shipped.
Specification: aluminum, this specimen is 16 mm diameter, 0.55 g, 12h axis.
Catalog reference: KM (Y) A66.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.