Advertisement

Indonesia (Dutch East Indies) 1 and 2 Cents  1833 to 1840
Indonesia (Dutch East Indies) 1 and 2 Cents 1833 to 1840

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.

Coin: 6475 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: RONALD, Tue, 04-Jan-2011 14:49:46 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Wed, 09-Oct-2013 17:09:22 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Wed, 23-Sep-2015 00:18:12 GMT
Requester description: 1839 NEDERLAND INDIE 1839 J
Tags: indonesia dutch netherlands east indies 1 2 cents cent nederland holland nederlandsche netherland nederlandsch nederlandse nederlanden nederl neatherland nederlands holl indie peny pennys pennies penny crown shield crowned tiara crwon crpwn crowns tiarra crowning tiera sheild shiled shied chevrons shileld shild escucheon shelid chevron ashield shields knife dagger sword lion tiger star starburst coat arms sworeds swordlike swords broadsword lions cougar tigers starrs stars burst coats crests insignia crested crest creast

Comments

Can you give us the city from the mintmark (D, V, J, W, and C), Thanks a lot - G.A.
Hi G.A. All these coins were struck at Surabaya in East Java. The letters do not denote cities, but the assayers working at the mints. 'Mint mark' has been corrected to 'privy mark' and a list has been added to the article. Thanks for bringing this to our attention! - CoinQuest (Chris)

  

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Copyright 2009 to 2016 CoinQuest.com
all rights reserved.
Sat, 03-Dec-2016 06:42:51 GMT, unknown: 10844394