Netherlands East Indies 1913 2-1/2 cents

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 635

This specimen was lot 635 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $133.10. The catalog description[1] noted, "MALAY ARCHIPELAGO, Colonial. Nederlands-Oost-Indië (Netherlands East Indies). Wilhelmina. 1890-1948. CU 2½ Cents. Utrecht mint; muntmeestertekens: seahorse and winged caduceus. Dr. C. Hoitsema, mintmaster. Dated 1913. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 63 RB. Lovely mint state with iridescent patches of toning; 75% red." This type was struck 1856-58, 1896-1909, 1913 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: 4,000,000.

Specification: copper, 12.5 g, 31 mm diameter, this specimen is 31 mm diameter, 12.84 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: KM 308; Y 9; Scholten 871.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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.
  • [1]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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