Netherlands Indies


50 Gulden, 1929

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Front: Jan Pieterszoon Coen (1587-1629), Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies 1617-1622, 1624-1629

Coen was born in Holland. He received his merchant's training from a Flemish company in Rome. He was appointed Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (VOC) in 1617. Coen was considered a national hero in the Netherlands, for leading the VOC on the path to dominance through his aggressive policies. However, he was unpopular with many in his time for his strict governance and his harsh criticism. His willingness to use violence to obtain his ends was distasteful for many.

Back: Javasche Bank building, and legal text in 4 languages: Chinese, Dutch, Arabic and Javanese


1 Gulden, 1943

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Queen Wilhelmina

Front: Wilhelmina of the Netherlands (1880-1962), Queen of The Netherlands 1890-1948

Queen Wilhelmina, born Wilhelmina Helena Pauline Marie of Orange-Nassau, ruled the Netherlands for over fifty years, longer than any other Dutch monarch. She is mostly remembered as a prominent leader of the Dutch government in exile, and a great inspiration to the Dutch resistance during WWII.

Back: 1 Gulden


1 Cent, (1942)

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Issued under Japanese occupation during WWII, commonly known as JIM, Japanese Invasion Money.

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Netherlands Indies, an archipelago of more than 13,000 islands spread across 3000 miles in southeast Asia, was a Dutch colony 1602-1942. Occupied by Japan 1942-45. Attained independence and became part of Indonesia in 1949. For a more detailed country profile, see CIA World Factbook on Indonesia.




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