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Netherlands East Indies - Minted by the U.S. Mint

Category:  World Coins
Owner:  coin928
Last Modified:  6/19/2019
Set Description
Coins of the Netherlands East Indies

Struck by the United States Mint (1941-1945)



Netherlands East Indies Flag American Flag



The U.S. Mints produced a little over 1.7 Billion coins for the Dutch Colony of the Netherlands East-Indies during World War II while the Netherlands was under German occupation. With the exception of the Philippines, this is the largest number of coins produced for any foreign country by the U.S. mint, and it all occurred in just four years! The following is a year by year analysis which will attempt to provide context for these mintages.

  • 1940 - Germany invaded the Netherlands on May 10, 1940, and the Dutch armed forces surrendered on May 15, 1940. Queen Wilhelmina escaped to London and took charge of the Dutch government in exile. The Royal Dutch Mint was unavailable to produce coinage for the Netherlands or any of its colonies.
  • 1941 - The United States Mint was contracted to produce coinage for the Netherlands East Indies. The Philadelphia and San Francisco mints struck 140 million 1/10G and 1/4G coins for circulation in the Netherlands East Indies which was still under Dutch control.
  • 1942 - The U.S. mints in Philadelphia and San Francisco struck 207 million Cents, 1/10G, and 1/4G coins for circulation in the Netherlands East Indies. On March 8, 1942 the Netherlands East Indies fell under Japanese rule when the Royal Dutch East Indies Army surrendered in Java.
  • 1943 - Even though the Netherlands East Indies was under Japanese control, the U.S. Mint in Denver struck 20 million silver one Gulden and 2 million 2-1/2 Gulden coins in anticipation of the eventually liberation of the colony from the Japanese.
  • 1944 - Parts of New Guinea, Maluku and Borneo were recaptured. No coins were struck.
  • 1945 - All three mints struck a staggering 1,347,368,000 coins in anticipation of the liberation of the Netherlands East Indies from the Japanese. The occupation officially ended when the Japanese surrendered on August 15, 1945. Two days later, Sukarno declared Indonesian Independence from the Netherlands. The Dutch had other plans which led to the four year war for Indonesian independence.
  • 1949 - Indonesia became an independent nation on December 14, 1949.
So what became of these coins in light of the timeline above? The events, territories, and money issuing groups that came and went during the war for independence are very complex, and well beyond what can adequately be explained here. The most important impact of this period of civil war and conflict was that the Gulden was worth substantial less after WW-II than before. Some of these coins were issued in New Guinea, Maluku and Borneo, which had been retaken before the Japanese surrender. I suspect this is where many of the 1943-D silver one Gulden and 2-1/2 Gulden coins were released since circulated specimens are relatively easy to find whereas uncirculated coins are very elusive. Between 1947 and 1949, the Dutch administration issued the bronze and silver coins which had been minted in 1943 and 1945 in more parts of the colony(country). Due to inflation though, the value of the silver exceeded the face value, and many were melted or turned into household goods and silver artifacts. In other words, the production of these coins was ultimately a tremendous waste of time and precious mint resources in 1945.


The Coins in this Set

Each coin in this set is identified by the KM number as defined by Krause & Mishler. Each description also contains historical information on the issue and an explanation of the content of the obverse and reverse of the coin. Variety descriptions are provided where appropriate.

A common element on all of the coins in this set is the presence of a Palm Tree privy mark to the left of the date. This was used to differentiate coins intended for circulation in the colonies from those intended for circulation in the Netherlands which would have an Acorn to the left of the date. This practice seems completely unnecessary since these coins were very obviously struck for exclusive use in the Netherlands East Indies, but the tradition of the Royal Dutch Mint was followed. With the exception of the higher denomination coins minted in 1943, the reverse of all of the other coins contains text in both Arabic and Javanese. This text basically reiterates the denomination of the coins in both languages in order to accommodate the cultural diversity of the colony/country.

Two coins are included in this set that might not normally be included. The single PCGS graded coin in this set is a 1942-P One Cent Error coin which had the hole punched well off-center. The other coin is a 1945-P/S One Cent which is not listed in the Krause catalog. This is the only one I've ever seen and is the only one to have been graded by either NGC or PCGS.

There are also three coins listed by Krause that are not presently in this set. Krause lists low P mint mark variations for both the 1945-P Half Cent and One Cent coins, as well as a 1945-P/P 1/10G. I have searched for these varieties for many year and have yet to encounter any of them, and it doesn't appear that any of the grading services has either. When I find one, I will add it to the set. Until then, I will consider this set complete.

Slot Name Modifiers
As of this revision, 15 of the 20 coins in this set are NGC Top Pop coins with 7 being the single finest known specimens graded by NGC. One is an error coin and the remaining four are each just one grade below the top grade awarded by NGC, so it may be a while before any of these slots are upgraded. The following table shows the symbols used to indicate population rarity.

_Modifier_Description_____________________________
(*)NGC Top Pop, none graded higher
(**)NGC Finest known. (no equal and none higher)


References:
History of the Indonesian rupiah - Dutch/Allied re-occupation

Set Goals
A complete set of coins minted by the U.S. Mint for the Netherlands East Indies during World War II with all of the primary coins graded MS65 or higher. Any variety or error coins may be lower. This basic goal has been met with the exception for the 1941S 1/4G at MS64 which is currently the finest known. Until I find a nicer raw coin, I may have gone about as far as I can go save for an odd upgrade.

Rev 6/19/2019

Slot Name
Origin/Country
Item Description
Full Grade
Owner Comments
Pics
View Coin 1941P 1/10G (**) N.E.INDIES 1/10G 1941P KM-318 NGC MS 65 Netherlands East Indies - 1941P 1/10 G - KM #318 - Mintage: 41,850,000

Obverse: Crowned Shield from the coat of arms dividing the denomination
Obverse Legend: NEDERL. INDIE. (Netherlands Indies)
Reverse: Arabic text reiterating the denomination of the coin.
Reverse Legend: Javanese text reiterating the denomination of the coin.
Edge: Reeded

This coin was minted by the Philadelphia mint during World War II for the Dutch colony now known as Indonesia, and it even bears the "P" mint mark to the right of the date. It also has the Palm tree privy mark which was used by the Dutch mints to distinguish similar looking coinage intended for the colonies from that intended for circulation in the The Netherlands. The privy mark on those coins is an acorn. The Palm tree was used on nearly all colonial coinage even though in this case there would have been no confusion given the reverse of this coin.

It should be noted that the claim made on the U.S. Mint web site that 1942 was the first year that the Philadelphia mint identified itself on a coin using the "P" mint mark is clearly NOT true. The Philadelphia mint produced no less than four different coins in 1941 bearing a "P" mint mark. The others are the Netherlands East Indies 1/4G., and the 10 and 25 Cent coins minted for Curaçao and Suriname. To be completely accurate, the Philadelphia mint first identified itself on a coin intended for circulation 47 years earlier. "Philadelphia" is fully spelled out on the reverse of the Dos Desimos de Sucre minted for Ecuador in 1895!

The primary element on the obverse is the central shield from the Dutch coat of arms topped by the Dutch royal crown. The background (field) of the shield is azure which is a dark royal blue that is represented by horizontal lines in engraving. Also part of the background is gold billetty which are vertically oriented gold blocks, twice as long as they are wide, arranged in rows but not directly underneath each other. A hatched pattern of dots is used in engraving to represent the gold color of the billets. The lion is rampant (standing on his back legs), crowned with a coronet, and is also gold with a red tongue and red claws. In his sinister (left front) paw he is holding seven silver arrows bound together with a gold ribbon, representing the seven provinces of the Union of Utrecht. In his dexter (right front) paw he is brandishing a silver sword with a golden hilt representing the determination to defend their liberty.

This particular coin is the finest known graded by either PCGS or NGC.

Date acquired: 3/3/2010 (raw coin)
Date graded: 9/28/2018 (self submitted to NGC)

Rev. 12/5/2018
View Coin 1941S 1/10G (**) N.E.INDIES 1/10G 1941S KM-318 NGC MS 65 Netherlands East Indies - 1941S 1/10 G - KM #318 - Mintage: 58,150,000

Obverse: Crowned Shield from the coat of arms dividing the denomination
Obverse Legend: NEDERL. INDIE. (Netherlands Indies)
Reverse: Arabic text reiterating the denomination of the coin.
Reverse Legend: Javanese text reiterating the denomination of the coin.
Edge: Reeded

This coin was minted by the San Francisco mint during World War II for the Dutch colony now known as Indonesia, and it even bears the "S" mint mark to the right of the date. It also has the Palm tree privy mark which was used by the Dutch mints to distinguish similar looking coinage intended for the colonies from that intended for circulation in the The Netherlands. The privy mark on those coins is an acorn. The Palm tree was used on nearly all colonial coinage even though in this case there would have been no confusion given the reverse of this coin.

The primary element on the obverse is the central shield from the Dutch coat of arms topped by the Dutch royal crown. The background (field) of the shield is azure which is a dark royal blue that is represented by horizontal lines in engraving. Also part of the background is gold billetty which are vertically oriented gold blocks, twice as long as they are wide, arranged in rows but not directly underneath each other. A hatched pattern of dots is used in engraving to represent the gold color of the billets. The lion is rampant (standing on his back legs), crowned with a coronet, and is also gold with a red tongue and red claws. In his sinister (left front) paw he is holding seven silver arrows bound together with a gold ribbon, representing the seven provinces of the Union of Utrecht. In his dexter (right front) paw he is brandishing a silver sword with a golden hilt representing the determination to defend their liberty.

As of this revision, this is the finest (and only) example to have been graded by NGC. PCGS has graded one other at this level and one finer at MS66.

Date acquired: 7/10/2006 (raw coin)
Date graded: 9/28/2018 (self submitted to NGC)

Rev. 12/5/2018
View Coin 1941P 1/4G N.E.INDIES 1/4G 1941P KM-319 NGC MS 66 Netherlands East Indies - 1941P 1/4 G - KM #319 - Mintage: 34,947,000

Obverse: Crowned Shield from the coat of arms dividing the denomination
Obverse Legend: NEDERL. INDIE. (Netherlands Indies)
Reverse: Arabic text reiterating the denomination of the coin.
Reverse Legend: Javanese text reiterating the denomination of the coin.
Edge: Reeded

This coin was minted by the Philadelphia mint during World War II for the Dutch colony now known as Indonesia, and it even bears the "P" mint mark to the right of the date. It also has the Palm tree privy mark which was used by the Dutch mints to distinguish similar looking coinage intended for the colonies from that intended for circulation in the The Netherlands. The privy mark on those coins is an acorn. The Palm tree was used on nearly all colonial coinage even though in this case there would have been no confusion given the reverse of this coin.

It should be noted that the claim made on the U.S. Mint web site that 1942 was the first year that the Philadelphia mint identified itself on a coin using the P mint mark is clearly NOT true. The Philadelphia mint produced no less than four different coins in 1941 bearing a P mint mark. The others are the Netherlands East Indies 1/10G, and the 10 and 25 Cent coins minted for Curaçao and Suriname. To be completely accurate, the Philadelphia mint first identified itself on a coin intended for circulation 47 years earlier. PHILADELPHIA is fully spelled out on the reverse of the Dos Decimos de Sucre minted for Ecuador in 1895!

The primary element on the obverse is the central shield from the Dutch coat of arms topped by the Dutch royal crown. The background (field) of the shield is azure which is a dark royal blue that is represented by horizontal lines in engraving. Also part of the background is gold billetty which are vertically oriented gold blocks, twice as long as they are wide, arranged in rows but not directly underneath each other. A hatched pattern of dots is used in engraving to represent the gold color of the billets. The lion is rampant (standing on his back legs), crowned with a coronet, and is also gold with a red tongue and red claws. In his sinister (left front) paw he is holding seven silver arrows bound together with a gold ribbon, representing the seven provinces of the Union of Utrecht. In his dexter (right front) paw he is brandishing a silver sword with a golden hilt representing the determination to defend their liberty.

This particular coin is very well struck in the date area of the obverse, unlike many seen of this date. As of this revision, PCGS has graded one finer at MS67 and NGC has graded 2 finer at MS67.

Date acquired: 5/8/2006 (raw coin)
date graded: 9/28/2018 (self submitted to NGC)

Rev. 12/5/2018
View Coin 1941S 1/4G (**) N.E.INDIES 1/4G 1941S KM-319 NGC MS 64 Netherlands East Indies - 1941S 1/4 G - KM #319 - Mintage: 5,053,000

Obverse: Crowned Shield from the coat of arms dividing the denomination
Obverse Legend: NEDERL. INDIE. (Netherlands Indies)
Reverse: Arabic text reiterating the denomination of the coin.
Reverse Legend: Javanese text reiterating the denomination of the coin.
Edge: Reeded

This coin was minted by the San Francisco mint during World War II for the Dutch colony now known as Indonesia, and it even bears the "S" mint mark to the right of the date. It also has the Palm tree privy mark which was used by the Dutch mints to distinguish similar looking coinage intended for the colonies from that intended for circulation in the The Netherlands. The privy mark on those coins is an acorn. The Palm tree was used on nearly all colonial coinage even though in this case there would have been no confusion given the reverse of this coin.

The primary element on the obverse is the central shield from the Dutch coat of arms topped by the Dutch royal crown. The background (field) of the shield is azure which is a dark royal blue that is represented by horizontal lines in engraving. Also part of the background is gold billetty which are vertically oriented gold blocks, twice as long as they are wide, arranged in rows but not directly underneath each other. A hatched pattern of dots is used in engraving to represent the gold color of the billets. The lion is rampant (standing on his back legs), crowned with a coronet, and is also gold with a red tongue and red claws. In his sinister (left front) paw he is holding seven silver arrows bound together with a gold ribbon, representing the seven provinces of the Union of Utrecht. In his dexter (right front) paw he is brandishing a silver sword with a golden hilt representing the determination to defend their liberty.

This coin has the smallest mintage by far of all of the coins minted by the U.S. mints for circulation in the Netherlands East Indies. Despite a mintage of over five million, these coins are very difficult to obtain and finding high grade uncirculated specimens is almost impossible. PCGS has graded one at MS63, while NGC has graded one at MS62, one at MS63 and this one at MS64, which makes it the current finest known. (1/0)

Date acquired: 5/8/2006 (raw coin)
Date graded: 9/28/2018 (self submitted to NGC)

Rev. 12/5/2018
View Coin 1942P CENT N.E.INDIES CENT 1942P KM-317 NGC MS 66 RD Netherlands East Indies - 1942P 1 Cent - KM #317 - Mintage:100,000,000

Obverse: 3/4 spray around hole in center with value below.
Obverse Legend: NEDERLANDSCH INDIE (Netherlands Indies) and date
Reverse: Arabic text reiterating the denomination of the coin with flowers below hole.
Reverse Legend: Javanese text reiterating the denomination of the coin.
Edge: Plain

This coin was minted by the Philadelphia mint during World War II for the Dutch colony now known as Indonesia, and it even bears the "P" mint mark just below the date on the right side of the obverse. It also has the Palm tree privy mark (to the left of the denomination) which was used by the Dutch mints to distinguish similar looking coinage intended for the colonies from that intended for circulation in the The Netherlands where the acorn privy mark was used.. The Palm tree appears on nearly all colonial coinage even though in this case there would have been no confusion given the reverse of this coin.

An interesting characteristic of the One Cent coins in this series is that they appear to be struck with medalic rotation while all of the other denominations struck for the Netherlands East Indies were struck with the normal "coin" rotation.

This particular coin is a beautiful high grade red example of this otherwise common date. As of this revision, there are none graded finer by NGC.

Date acquired: 1/17/2008 (raw coin)
Date graded: 9/28/2018 (self submitted to NGC)

Rev. 10/4/2018
View Coin 1942P CENT - Error N.E.INDIES CENT 1942P Off-Center Hole KM-317 PCGS MS 63 Brown Netherlands East Indies - 1942P 1 Cent - KM #317 - Mintage:100,000,000

Obverse: 3/4 spray around hole in center with value below.
Obverse Legend: NEDERLANDSCH INDIE (Netherlands Indies)
Reverse: Arabic text reiterating the denomination of the coin with flowers below hole.
Reverse Legend: Javanese text reiterating the denomination of the coin.
Edge: Plain

This coin was minted by the Philadelphia mint during World War II for the Dutch colony now known as Indonesia, and it even bears the "P" mint mark just below the date on the right side of the obverse. It also has the Palm tree privy mark (to the left of the denomination) which was used by the Dutch mints to distinguish similar looking coinage intended for the colonies from that intended for circulation in the The Netherlands where the acorn privy mark was used.. The Palm tree appears on nearly all colonial coinage even though in this case there would have been no confusion given the reverse of this coin.

An interesting characteristic of the One Cent coins in this series is that they appear to be struck with medalic rotation while all of the other denominations struck for the Netherlands East Indies were struck with the normal "coin" rotation.

This particular coin is an error coin in that the center hole was punched off center. I had always assumed that the hole was punched into the coin after it was struck, but given the distortion of the hole, it is clear that it was punched into the planchet before the coin was struck.

Date acquired: 11/14/2017 (Already graded by PCGS)

Rev. 12/5/2018
View Coin 1942S 1/10G (*) N.E.INDIES 1/10G 1942S KM-318 NGC MS 67 Netherlands East Indies - 1942S 1/10 G - KM #318 - Mintage: 75,000,000

Obverse: Crowned Shield from the coat of arms dividing the denomination
Obverse Legend: NEDERL. INDIE. (Netherlands Indies)
Reverse: Arabic text reiterating the denomination of the coin.
Reverse Legend: Javanese text reiterating the denomination of the coin.
Edge: Reeded

This coin was minted by the San Francisco mint during World War II for the Dutch colony now known as Indonesia, and it even bears the "S" mint mark to the right of the date. It also has the Palm tree privy mark which was used by the Dutch mints to distinguish similar looking coinage intended for the colonies from that intended for circulation in the The Netherlands where the acorn privy mark was used.. The Palm tree appears on nearly all colonial coinage even though in this case there would have been no confusion given the reverse of this coin.

The primary element on the obverse is the central shield from the Dutch coat of arms topped by the Dutch royal crown. The background (field) of the shield is azure which is a dark royal blue that is represented by horizontal lines in engraving. Also part of the background is gold billetty which are vertically oriented gold blocks, twice as long as they are wide, arranged in rows but not directly underneath each other. A hatched pattern of dots is used in engraving to represent the gold color of the billets. The lion is rampant (standing on his back legs), crowned with a coronet, and is also gold with a red tongue and red claws. In his sinister (left front) paw he is holding seven silver arrows bound together with a gold ribbon, representing the seven provinces of the Union of Utrecht. In his dexter (right front) paw he is brandishing a silver sword with a golden hilt representing the determination to defend their liberty.

As of this revision, this is 1 of only 2 graded MS67 by NGC with none finer.

Date acquired: 2/1/2006 (Already graded by NGC)

Rev. 12/5/2018
View Coin 1942S 1/4G (*) N.E.INDIES 1/4G 1942S KM-319 NGC MS 66 Netherlands East Indies - 1942S 1/4 G - KM #319 - Mintage: 32,000,000

Obverse: Crowned Shield from the coat of arms dividing the denomination
Obverse Legend: NEDERL. INDIE. (Netherlands Indies)
Reverse: Arabic text reiterating the denomination of the coin.
Reverse Legend: Javanese text reiterating the denomination of the coin.
Edge: Reeded

This coin was minted by the San Francisco mint during World War II for the Dutch colony now known as Indonesia, and it even bears the "S" mint mark to the right of the date. It also has the Palm tree privy mark which was used by the Dutch mints to distinguish similar looking coinage intended for the colonies from that intended for circulation in the The Netherlands where the acorn privy mark was used.. The Palm tree appears on nearly all colonial coinage even though in this case there would have been no confusion given the reverse of this coin.

The primary element on the obverse is the central shield from the Dutch coat of arms topped by the Dutch royal crown. The background (field) of the shield is azure which is a dark royal blue that is represented by horizontal lines in engraving. Also part of the background is gold billetty which are vertically oriented gold blocks, twice as long as they are wide, arranged in rows but not directly underneath each other. A hatched pattern of dots is used in engraving to represent the gold color of the billets. The lion is rampant (standing on his back legs), crowned with a coronet, and is also gold with a red tongue and red claws. In his sinister (left front) paw he is holding seven silver arrows bound together with a gold ribbon, representing the seven provinces of the Union of Utrecht. In his dexter (right front) paw he is brandishing a silver sword with a golden hilt representing the determination to defend their liberty.

This particular coin is a beautiful example of this relatively common date. As of this revision, this is one of two known 1942- 1/4 Gulden graded MS66 by NGC with none finer.

Date acquired: 10/28/2014 (Already graded by NGC)

Rev. 12/5/2018
View Coin 1943D GULDEN (*) N.E.INDIES GULDEN 1943D WITH PALM TREE KM-330 NGC MS 65 Netherlands East Indies - 1943D 1G - KM #330 - Mintage: 20,000,000

Obverse: Head of Queen of the Netherlands Wilhelmina I facing left
Obverse Legend: WILHELMINA KONINGIN DER NEDERLANDEN (Wilhelmina, Queen of the Netherlands)
Reverse: Crowned Shield from the coat of arms dividing the denomination
Reverse Legend: MUNT VAN HET KONINGRIJK DER NEDERLANDEN (Coin of the kingdom of the Netherlands)
Edge Lettering: GOD * ZIJ * MET * ONS * (God be with us)

These coins were minted in Denver during World War II for circulation in the Dutch Colony that is now Indonesia. The "D" mint mark appears at a 45 degree angle above and to the right of the date on the reverse. The Palm Tree privy mark also appears at a -45 degree angle above and to the left of the date. The Palm Tree privy make was used to differentiate coins of the Dutch colonies from those intended for circulation in the Netherlands. Coins intended for circulation in the Netherlands carried the Acorn privy mark. These coins were minted by the U.S. Mint because The Netherlands was occupied at the time and could not mint coins for their colonies, and there was a large population of U.S. servicemen in the colonies which caused a shortage of coins in circulation.

The portrait of Queen Wilhelmina used on the Dutch coinage changed as the Queen aged. At the time these coins were struck, the Queen was 63 years old and was living in exile in England. The third style of her left facing portrait dominates the obverse of this coin.

The primary element on the reverse is the central shield from the Dutch coat of arms topped by the Dutch royal crown. The background (field) of the shield is azure which is a dark royal blue that is represented by horizontal lines in engraving. Also part of the background is gold billetty which are vertically oriented gold blocks, twice as long as they are wide, arranged in rows but not directly underneath each other. A hatched pattern of dots is used in engraving to represent the gold color of the billets. The lion is rampant (standing on his back legs), crowned with a coronet, and is also gold with a red tongue and red claws. In his sinister (left front) paw he is holding seven silver arrows bound together with a gold ribbon, representing the seven provinces of the Union of Utrecht. In his dexter (right front) paw he is brandishing a silver sword with a golden hilt representing their determination to defend their liberty.

As of this revision, this coin is one of two finest known example graded by NGC, with none finer. PCGS has none graded MS65 and none finer.

Date acquired: 9/23/2014 (already graded by NGC)

Rev. 12/5/2018
View Coin 1943D 2.5 GULDEN (*) N.E.INDIES 2.5G 1943D WITH PALM TREE KM-331 NGC MS 65 Netherlands East Indies - 1943D 2 1/2G - KM #331 - Mintage: 2,000,000

Obverse: Head of Queen of the Netherlands Wilhelmina I facing left
Obverse Legend: WILHELMINA KONINGIN DER NEDERLANDEN (Wilhelmina, Queen of the Netherlands)
Reverse: Crowned Shield from the coat of arms dividing the denomination
Reverse Legend: MUNT VAN HET KONINGRIJK DER NEDERLANDEN (Coin of the kingdom of the Netherlands)
Edge Lettering: GOD * ZIJ * MET * ONS * (God be with us)

These coins were minted in Denver during World War II for circulation in the Dutch Colony that is now Indonesia. The "D" mint mark appears at a 45 degree angle above and to the right of the date on the reverse. The Palm Tree privy mark also appears at a -45 degree angle above and to the left of the date. The Palm Tree privy make was used to differentiate coins of the Dutch colonies from those intended for circulation in the Netherlands. Coins intended for circulation in the Netherlands carried the Acorn privy mark. These coins were minted by the U.S. Mint because The Netherlands was occupied at the time and could not mint coins for their colonies, and there was a large population of U.S. servicemen in the colonies which caused a shortage of coins in circulation.

The portrait of Queen Wilhelmina used on the Dutch coinage changed as the Queen aged. At the time these coins were struck, the Queen was 63 years old and was living in exile in England. The third style of her left facing portrait dominates the obverse of this coin.

The primary element on the reverse is the central shield from the Dutch coat of arms topped by the Dutch royal crown. The background (field) of the shield is azure which is a dark royal blue that is represented by horizontal lines in engraving. Also part of the background is gold billetty which are vertically oriented gold blocks, twice as long as they are wide, arranged in rows but not directly underneath each other. A hatched pattern of dots is used in engraving to represent the gold color of the billets. The lion is rampant (standing on his back legs), crowned with a coronet, and is also gold with a red tongue and red claws. In his sinister (left front) paw he is holding seven silver arrows bound together with a gold ribbon, representing the seven provinces of the Union of Utrecht. In his dexter (right front) paw he is brandishing a silver sword with a golden hilt representing the determination to defend their liberty.

As of this revision, this coin is tied for the finest known example graded by NGC or PCGS.

Date acquired: 9/17/2010 (Raw coin)
Date graded: 10/28/2015 (Self submitted to NGC)

Rev. 12/5/2018
View Coin 1945P 1/2 CENT N.E.INDIES 1/2C 1945P KM-314.2 NGC MS 66 RD Netherlands East Indies - 1945P 1/2 Cent - KM #314.2 - Mintage: 400,000,000

Obverse: Crowned Shield from the coat of arms dividing the date
Obverse Legend: NEDERLANDSCH INDIE (Netherlands Indies), denomination below
Reverse: Arabic text reiterating the denomination of the coin.
Reverse Legend: Javanese text reiterating the denomination of the coin.
Edge: Plain

This coin was minted by the Philadelphia mint during World War II for the Dutch colony now known as Indonesia, and it even bears the "P" mint mark just below the "45" in the date on the right side of the obverse. It also has the Palm tree privy mark ( below the "19" in the date) which was used by the Dutch mints to distinguish similar looking coinage intended for the colonies from that intended for circulation in the The Netherlands where the acorn privy mark was used. The Palm Tree appears on nearly all colonial coinage even though in this case there would have been no confusion given the reverse of this coin.

The primary element on the obverse is the central shield from the Dutch coat of arms topped by the Dutch royal crown. The background (field) of the shield is azure which is a dark royal blue that is represented by horizontal lines in engraving. Also part of the background is gold billetty which are vertically oriented gold blocks, twice as long as they are wide, arranged in rows but not directly underneath each other. A hatched pattern of dots is used in engraving to represent the gold color of the billets. The lion is rampant (standing on his back legs), crowned with a coronet, and is also gold with a red tongue and red claws. In his sinister (left front) paw he is holding seven silver arrows bound together with a gold ribbon, representing the seven provinces of the Union of Utrecht. In his dexter (right front) paw he is brandishing a silver sword with a golden hilt representing the determination to defend their liberty.

These coins must not have been very popular with the public, because full red mint state examples are as common as grains of sand on a beach. Full red, unblemished, high grade examples though are much more rare. PCGS has graded only 2 in MS67RD and NGC has graded none in MS67. This coin is as good as it gets in an NGC holder. It is a very well struck, full red coin with minimal distracting marks in either the field or devices.

Date acquired: 7/30/2017 (Already graded by NGC)

Rev. 12/5/2018
View Coin 1945P CENT (high P) (*) N.E.INDIES CENT 1945P KM-317 NGC MS 67 RD Netherlands East Indies - 1945P 1 Cent - KM #317 - Mintage: 335,000,000
184,003,000 minted in 1945
150,997,000 minted in 1946, but still dated 1945

Obverse: 3/4 spray around hole in center with value below.
Obverse Legend: NEDERLANDSCH INDIE (Netherlands Indies) and date
Reverse: Arabic text reiterating the denomination of the coin with flowers below hole.
Reverse Legend: Javanese text reiterating the denomination of the coin.
Edge: Plain

This coin was minted by the Philadelphia mint during World War II for the Dutch colony now known as Indonesia, and it even bears the "P" mint mark just below the date on the right side of the obverse. It also has the Palm tree privy mark (to the left of the denomination) which was used by the Dutch mints to distinguish similar looking coinage intended for the colonies from that intended for circulation in the The Netherlands where the acorn privy mark was used. The Palm Tree appears on nearly all colonial coinage even though in this case there would have been no confusion given the reverse of this coin.

An interesting characteristic of the One Cent coins in this series is that they appear to be struck with medalic rotation while all of the other denominations struck for the Netherlands East Indies were struck with the normal "coin" rotation.

This coin is a spectacular, full red MS67 coin with few equals and none finer.

Varieties
High P - Mint mark in the normal "high" position. (this coin)
Low P - Mint mark in a lower than normal position. (I have yet to see one)
P/S - "P" mint mark struck over an underlying "S.".

Date acquired: 10/26/2014 (Already graded by NGC)

Rev. 12/8/2018
View Coin 1945D CENT (*) N.E.INDIES CENT 1945D KM-317 NGC MS 67 RD Netherlands East Indies - 1945D 1 Cent - KM #317 - Mintage: 133,800,000

Obverse: 3/4 spray around hole in center with value below.
Obverse Legend: NEDERLANDSCH INDIE (Netherlands Indies) and date
Reverse: Arabic text reiterating the denomination of the coin with flowers below hole.
Reverse Legend: Javanese text reiterating the denomination of the coin.
Edge: Plain

This coin was minted by the Denver mint during World War II for the Dutch colony now known as Indonesia, and it even bears the "D" mint mark just below the date on the right side of the obverse. It also has the Palm tree privy mark (to the left of the denomination) which was used by the Dutch mints to distinguish similar looking coinage intended for the colonies from that intended for circulation in the The Netherlands where the acorn privy mark was used. The Palm Tree appears on nearly all colonial coinage even though in this case there would have been no confusion given the reverse of this coin.

An interesting characteristic of the One Cent coins in this series is that they appear to be struck with medalic rotation while all of the other denominations struck for the Netherlands East Indies were struck with the normal "coin" rotation.

This coin is a very attractive, full red, nearly flawless example of this relatively common issue. As of this revision, it has few equals and none certified finer.

Date acquired: 11/3/2011 (Raw coin)
Date graded: 9/28/2018 (Self submitted to NGC)

Rev. 12/5/2018
View Coin 1945S CENT (*) N.E.INDIES CENT 1945S KM-317 NGC MS 66 RD Netherlands East Indies - 1945S 1 Cent - KM #317 Mintage 102,568,000
59,852,000 minted in 1945
42,716,000 minted in 1946, but still dated 1945

Obverse: 3/4 spray around hole in center with value below.
Obverse Legend: NEDERLANDSCH INDIE (Netherlands Indies) and date
Reverse: Arabic text reiterating the denomination of the coin with flowers below hole.
Reverse Legend: Javanese text reiterating the denomination of the coin.
Edge: Plain

This coin was minted by the San Francisco mint during World War II for the Dutch colony now known as Indonesia, and it even bears the "S" mint mark just below the date on the right side of the obverse. It also has the Palm tree privy mark (to the left of the denomination) which was used by the Dutch mints to distinguish similar looking coinage intended for the colonies from that intended for circulation in the The Netherlands where the acorn privy mark was used. The Palm Tree appears on nearly all colonial coinage even though in this case there would have been no confusion given the reverse of this coin.

An interesting characteristic of the One Cent coins in this series is that they appear to be struck with medalic rotation while all of the other denominations struck for the Netherlands East Indies were struck with the normal "coin" rotation.

These coins are not rare, but this is the only full red specimen to be graded by NGC.

Date acquired: 3/22/2008 (Raw coin)
Date graded: 9/26/2012 (Self submitted to NGC).

Rev. 12/8/2018
View Coin 1945P/S CENT (**) N.E.INDIES CENT 1945P/S KM-317 NGC MS 61 BN Netherlands East Indies - 1945P/S 1 Cent - KM #317 variety unlisted - Mintage: 335,000,000
184,003,000 minted in 1945
150,997,000 minted in 1946, but still dated 1945

Obverse: 3/4 spray around hole in center with value below.
Obverse Legend: NEDERLANDSCH INDIE (Netherlands Indies) and date
Reverse: Arabic text reiterating the denomination of the coin with flowers below hole.
Reverse Legend: Javanese text reiterating the denomination of the coin.
Edge: Plain

This coin was minted by the Philadelphia mint during World War II for the Dutch colony now known as Indonesia, and normally bears the "P" mint mark just below the date on the right side of the obverse. It also has the Palm tree privy mark (to the left of the denomination) which was used by the Dutch mints to distinguish similar looking coinage intended for the colonies from that intended for circulation in the The Netherlands where the acorn privy mark was used. The Palm Tree appears on nearly all colonial coinage even though in this case there would have been no confusion given the reverse of this coin.

An interesting characteristic of the One Cent coins in this series is that they appear to be struck with medalic rotation while all of the other denominations struck for the Netherlands East Indies were struck with the normal "coin" rotation.

Varieties often accompany a huge mintage. This particular coin is the rare P over S mint mark variety. It has been know among collectors for quite some time, but is not currently cataloged by K&M. This is the first of its type to be certified by either PCGS or NGC, and as of this revision is still the only one to have been graded by either NGC or PCGS. It's not a particularly attractive coin, but it is the only one of this variety I've ever seen, and I've been looking for another one for 11 years.

Date acquired: 6/20/2007 (raw coin)
Date graded: 9/29/2018 (self submitted to NGC)

Rev. 12/5/2018
View Coin 1945P 2.5 CENT N.E.INDIES 2.5C 1945P KM-316 NGC MS 65 RD Netherlands East Indies - 1945P 2 1/2 Cents - KM #316 - Total Mintage:200,000,000
117,706,000 minted in 1945
82,294,000 minted in 1946 but still dated 1945

Obverse: Crowned Shield from the coat of arms dividing the date
Obverse Legend: NEDERLANDSCH INDIE (Netherlands Indies), denomination below
Reverse: Arabic text reiterating the denomination of the coin.
Reverse Legend: Javanese text reiterating the denomination of the coin.
Edge: Plain

This coin was minted by the Philadelphia mint during World War II for the Dutch colony now known as Indonesia, and it even bears the "P" mint mark just below the "45" in the date on the right side of the obverse. It also has the Palm tree privy mark ( below the "19" in the date) which was used by the Dutch mints to distinguish similar looking coinage intended for the colonies from that intended for circulation in the The Netherlands where the acorn privy mark was used. The Palm Tree appears on nearly all colonial coinage even though in this case there would have been no confusion given the reverse of this coin.

The primary element on the obverse is the central shield from the Dutch coat of arms topped by the Dutch royal crown. The background (field) of the shield is azure which is a dark royal blue that is represented by horizontal lines in engraving. Also part of the background is gold billetty which are vertically oriented gold blocks, twice as long as they are wide, arranged in rows but not directly underneath each other. A hatched pattern of dots is used in engraving to represent the gold color of the billets. The lion is rampant (standing on his back legs), crowned with a coronet, and is also gold with a red tongue and red claws. In his sinister (left front) paw he is holding seven silver arrows bound together with a gold ribbon, representing the seven provinces of the Union of Utrecht. In his dexter (right front) paw he is brandishing a silver sword with a golden hilt representing the determination to defend their liberty.

There are currently two at this level with only one finer graded by NGC.

Date acquired: 8/20/2007 (raw coin)
Date graded: 9/26/2012 (self submitted to NGC)

Rev. 12/8/2018
View Coin 1945P 1/10G NORMAL MINT MARK (**) N.E.INDIES 1/10G 1945P P POINTS TO CENTER OF 5 KM-318 NGC MS 66 Netherlands East Indies - 1945P 1/10 G (Normal Mint Mark) - KM #318 - Mintage: 100,720,000

Obverse: Crowned Shield from the coat of arms dividing the denomination
Obverse Legend: NEDERL. INDIE. (Netherlands Indies)
Reverse: Arabic text reiterating the denomination of the coin.
Reverse Legend: Javanese text reiterating the denomination of the coin.
Edge: Reeded

This coin was minted by the Philadelphia mint during World War II for the Dutch colony now known as Indonesia, and it even bears the "P" mint mark to the right of the date. It also has the Palm tree privy mark which was used by the Dutch mints to distinguish similar looking coinage intended for the colonies from that intended for circulation in the The Netherlands where the acorn privy mark was used. The Palm Tree appears on nearly all colonial coinage even though in this case there would have been no confusion given the reverse of this coin.

The primary element on the obverse is the central shield from the Dutch coat of arms topped by the Dutch royal crown. The background (field) of the shield is azure which is a dark royal blue that is represented by horizontal lines in engraving. Also part of the background is gold billetty which are vertically oriented gold blocks, twice as long as they are wide, arranged in rows but not directly underneath each other. A hatched pattern of dots is used in engraving to represent the gold color of the billets. The lion is rampant (standing on his back legs), crowned with a coronet, and is also gold with a red tongue and red claws. In his sinister (left front) paw he is holding seven silver arrows bound together with a gold ribbon, representing the seven provinces of the Union of Utrecht. In his dexter (right front) paw he is brandishing a silver sword with a golden hilt representing the determination to defend their liberty.

There are two varieties for this date minted in Philadelphia based on the orientation of the "P" with respect to the "5" in the date. This coin exhibits the normal orientation in which the base of the "P" points to the middle of the "5" in the date, not the top. This variety attribution appears on the label "P points to center of 5" and is identified in K&M as "Normal P.".

Date acquired: 57/2008 (Raw coin)
Date graded: 10/28/2015 (Self submitted to NGC)
Date Corrected: 8/2/2017 (Attribution corrected to "P points to center of 5")

Rev. 12/5/2018
View Coin 1945P 1/10G SLANTED MINT MARK (*) N.E.INDIES 1/10G 1945P P POINTS TO TOP OF 5 KM-318 NGC MS 67 Netherlands East Indies - 1945P 1/10 G - KM #318 - Mintage: 100,720,000

Obverse: Crowned Shield from the coat of arms dividing the denomination
Obverse Legend: NEDERL. INDIE. (Netherlands Indies)
Reverse: Arabic text reiterating the denomination of the coin.
Reverse Legend: Javanese text reiterating the denomination of the coin.
Edge: Reeded

This coin was minted by the Philadelphia mint during World War II for the Dutch colony now known as Indonesia, and it even bears the "P" mint mark to the right of the date. It also has the Palm tree privy mark which was used by the Dutch mints to distinguish similar looking coinage intended for the colonies from that intended for circulation in the The Netherlands where the acorn privy mark was used. The Palm Tree appears on nearly all colonial coinage even though in this case there would have been no confusion given the reverse of this coin.

The primary element on the obverse is the central shield from the Dutch coat of arms topped by the Dutch royal crown. The background (field) of the shield is azure which is a dark royal blue that is represented by horizontal lines in engraving. Also part of the background is gold billetty which are vertically oriented gold blocks, twice as long as they are wide, arranged in rows but not directly underneath each other. A hatched pattern of dots is used in engraving to represent the gold color of the billets. The lion is rampant (standing on his back legs), crowned with a coronet, and is also gold with a red tongue and red claws. In his sinister (left front) paw he is holding seven silver arrows bound together with a gold ribbon, representing the seven provinces of the Union of Utrecht. In his dexter (right front) paw he is brandishing a silver sword with a golden hilt representing the determination to defend their liberty.

This coin is one of the "Slanted Mint Mark" varieties in which the base of the "P" points to the top of the "5" in the date. This variety is noted on the label.

As of this revision, this coin is tied for the finest graded by NGC.

It is also interesting to note that the pictures that appear in the NGC price guide for this KM number are of this exact coin.

Date acquired: 5/30/2013 (Raw coin)
Date graded: 10/28/2015 (Self submitted to NGC)

Rev. 12/5/2018
View Coin 1945S 1/10G (**) N.E.INDIES 1/10G 1945S KM-318 NGC MS 67 Netherlands East Indies - 1945S 1/10 G - KM #318 - Mintage: 19,280,000

Obverse: Crowned Shield from the coat of arms dividing the denomination
Obverse Legend: NEDERL. INDIE. (Netherlands Indies)
Reverse: Arabic text reiterating the denomination of the coin.
Reverse Legend: Javanese text reiterating the denomination of the coin.
Edge: Reeded

This coin was minted by the San Francisco mint during World War II for the Dutch colony now known as Indonesia, and it even bears the "S" mint mark to the right of the date. It also has the Palm tree privy mark which was used by the Dutch mints to distinguish similar looking coinage intended for the colonies from that intended for circulation in the The Netherlands where the acorn privy mark was used.. The Palm tree appears on nearly all colonial coinage even though in this case there would have been no confusion given the reverse of this coin.

The primary element on the obverse is the central shield from the Dutch coat of arms topped by the Dutch royal crown. The background (field) of the shield is azure which is a dark royal blue that is represented by horizontal lines in engraving. Also part of the background is gold billetty which are vertically oriented gold blocks, twice as long as they are wide, arranged in rows but not directly underneath each other. A hatched pattern of dots is used in engraving to represent the gold color of the billets. The lion is rampant (standing on his back legs), crowned with a coronet, and is also gold with a red tongue and red claws. In his sinister (left front) paw he is holding seven silver arrows bound together with a gold ribbon, representing the seven provinces of the Union of Utrecht. In his dexter (right front) paw he is brandishing a silver sword with a golden hilt representing the determination to defend their liberty.

As of this revision, this is the finest example to have been graded by NGC.

Date acquired: 8/27/2006 (Already graded by NGC)

Rev. 12/5/2018
View Coin 1945S 1/4G (*) N.E.INDIES 1/4G 1945S KM-319 NGC MS 65 Netherlands East Indies - 1945S 1/4 G (Palm Privy) - KM #319 - Mintage: 56,000,000

Obverse: Crowned Shield from the coat of arms dividing the denomination
Obverse Legend: NEDERL. INDIE. (Netherlands Indies)
Reverse: Arabic text reiterating the denomination of the coin.
Reverse Legend: Javanese text reiterating the denomination of the coin.
Edge: Reeded

This coin was minted by the San Francisco mint during World War II for the Dutch colony now known as Indonesia, and it even bears the "S" mint mark to the right of the date. It also has the Palm tree privy mark which was used by the Dutch mints to distinguish similar looking coinage intended for the colonies from that intended for circulation in the The Netherlands where the acorn privy mark was used.. The Palm tree appears on nearly all colonial coinage even though in this case there would have been no confusion given the reverse of this coin.

The primary element on the obverse is the central shield from the Dutch coat of arms topped by the Dutch royal crown. The background (field) of the shield is azure which is a dark royal blue that is represented by horizontal lines in engraving. Also part of the background is gold billetty which are vertically oriented gold blocks, twice as long as they are wide, arranged in rows but not directly underneath each other. A hatched pattern of dots is used in engraving to represent the gold color of the billets. The lion is rampant (standing on his back legs), crowned with a coronet, and is also gold with a red tongue and red claws. In his sinister (left front) paw he is holding seven silver arrows bound together with a gold ribbon, representing the seven provinces of the Union of Utrecht. In his dexter (right front) paw he is brandishing a silver sword with a golden hilt representing the determination to defend their liberty.

This is a beautiful example of this relatively common date. As of this revision, this is one of two graded MS65 by NGC with none finer.

Date acquired: 9/12/2015 (Already graded by NGC)

Rev. 12/5/2018

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