Netherlands East Indies - Minted by the U.S. Mint
1945P 1/10G NORMAL MINT MARK (**)

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Coin Details

Origin/Country: N.E.INDIES
Item Description: 1/10G 1945P P POINTS TO CENTER OF 5 KM-318
Full Grade: NGC MS 66
Owner: coin928

Owner Comments:

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

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