Sumatra 1786 keping
This specimen was lot 33553 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $1,440. The catalog description noted, "Sumatra copper Proof Keping AH 1200 (1786) PR64 Brown NGC, British East India Co. issue. Sharply struck with much eye appeal. From the Jamestown Collection." The British East India Company held trading stations on the island of Sumatra for decades prior to the Napoleonic Wars. This copper coin, accompanied by two and three kepings and likely made in Birmingham, were issued for use there. As part of the Vienna Congress in 1815, the British surrendered all their holdings in Indonesia to the Dutch in exchange for a free hand in Malaya and Singapore. This type was struck 1786 and 1788 with gilt proofs (KM 257.1a).
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: KM 257.1.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.