Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia, is a country in Southeast Asia and Oceania. Indonesia comprises 17,508 islands. With a population of around 238 million people, it is the world's fourth most populous country, and has the world's largest population of Muslims. During the European colonial period, the Dutch (Netherlands) established the Dutch East India Company (VOC) and became the dominant European power in Indonesia. Following bankruptcy, the VOC was formally dissolved in 1800, and the government of the Netherlands established the Dutch East Indies as a nationalized colony. They issued decimal coinage from 1833 to 1840 in 1 cent and 2 cents denominations.
Thanks to Wikipedia for the capsule description of Indonesia and the Dutch East India Company.
These coins were crude and minted in great number. They are not very valuable today. The one cent and two cent coins are about equal in value, as are the various privy marks which include D, V, J and W. There is an 1837 coin with a C privy mark which is very rare. Typical catalog values vary with wear, as follows:
worn: $1 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated (like our picture): $4
well preserved: $10
fully uncirculated: $25
coins dated 1833D are rare and catalog at $20 when worn, $100 average circulated, $200 fully uncirculated
Be sure to read our Terminology to understand how to interpret these catalog values.
G.A. asks us about the letters on these coins. They are not mint marks denoting cities, but privy marks denoting assayers overseeing the production at the mints when the coins were struck. See the list below to translate a letter into a name:
V: K. J. de Vogel
J: L. J. Jeekel
W: C. H. Wilmans
If anybody has information on the names of the mint masters corresponding to the remaining privy marks (D and C), please contact CoinQuest and let us know.