Indonesia (Dutch East Indies) Cent  1936 to 1945
Indonesia (Dutch East Indies) Cent 1936 to 1945

Known as Indonesia today, the Dutch were in control of the Netherlands East Indies until 1942. Several different types of coins were minted bearing a NEDERLANDSCH INDIE inscription along with predominantly Muslim designs and writing.

These are exotic coins in the West, but are basically modern issues that carry small collector premiums. Most of the coins were minted at the Philadelphia, PA (USA) mint.

Mitch's one cent coin with the hole is worth about 10 US cents in worn condition, rising to $3 to $5 US dollars in fully uncirculated condition.

Coin: 7810 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Mitch, Mon, 23-May-2011 01:40:02 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Mon, 18-Nov-2013 05:17:50 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Sat, 07-Nov-2015 23:18:13 GMT
Requester description: 1942 Hole in center. Wheat blowing over the hole 1 C- beneath hole, nederlandsch indie 1942; indecipherable Arabic lettering. Flowers at the bottom.
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I just found this very coin on the side of the road in East Java today, and by its condition, it may of been sitting there for the last 70 years. I doubt that is wheat over the hole, but rather rice, the staple grain in Indonesia. Also the back of the coin is predominately in Javanese script, but also Arabic script which phonetically reads from Indonesian 'Syukur pada Allah', above the hole, and 'Rupiah' below the hole. Or, In English, 'give thanks to God' and 'rupiah', the still-used currency of Indonesia. - David
Thank you for the info, David. These are interesting coins, even if they don't have a lot of value. - CoinQuest (Todd)




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