Netherlands East Indies 1908 cent

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 634

This specimen was lot 634 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $574.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "MALAY ARCHIPELAGO, Colonial. Nederlands-Oost-Indië (Netherlands East Indies). Wilhelmina. 1890-1948. Proof CU Cent. Utrecht mint; muntmeestertekens: halberd and winged caduceus. H.L.A. van den Wall Bake, mintmaster. Dated 1908. In NGC encapsulation graded Proof 65 RB. A gem proof which is closer to red than red brown. Very rare and seldom offered." This type was struck 1855-60, 1896-1912. It is common but proofs are rare. 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.

Recorded mintage: 12,500,000.

Specification: copper, 4.8 g, 23 mm diameter, this specimen is 23 mm diameter, 4.84 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: KM 307; Y 8; Scholten 885.


  • Peters, T., J. Scheper and J. Mevius, Muntalmanak 2014, 31e editie, Amsterdam: Nederlandse vereniging van munthandelaren, 2013.
  • Scholten, C., The Coins of the Dutch Overseas Territories, 1601-1948, Amsterdam: Jacques Schulman, 1953.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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