SINGAPORE, merchant token Imitating Netherlands Indies coin


SINGAPORE, merchant token, 1/4 stuiver, 1826 S, Obverse: crowned Netherlands arms, 1/4 ST, beaded border, Reverse: star, NEDERL INDIE 1826 S, beaded border, copper, 21mm, The official version does not have the beaded border, KM-Tn6, some hard green, XF

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This imitation of a contemporary Netherlands Indies coin is artistically superior to the original.

Around 1830 ethnically British merchants in Singapore began ordering copper tokens from mints in England. Singh, in his Enclyclopedia of the Coins of Malaysia Singapore and Brunei, lists about 50 varieties.

Coin collectors tend to be geographically oriented. If they are not patriotically collecting the coins of only their own country, or sentimentally some other country, then perhaps they will collect a region. The Pacific islands that start with Borneo and progress eastward to Hawaii and Easter Island are culturally very varied and spread across an expanse of water three times the size of Asia. Size of these islands ranges from Australia to Nauru. Population of Indonesia 1/4 billion, Tonga 100,000. Coins were made in Indonesia 1000 years ago if not earlier.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.