Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Old Dutch East Indies Coin 1794

Someone asked me what is the oldest coin in my collection? The oldest which actually has the year of minting on the coin is that of a Netherlands coin of 1794 (more than 213 years old). I do have Brunei coins which do not have dates but could date as far back as 1600.

I have not actually studied this coin deeply. I know a replica of it was used in the Kalimantan area of our Borneo Island. As to whether this Dutch coin was also circulated in Borneo is something I have to verify. But like I said a copy was used and if a copy was used, the original must have been used too. If that's true, then this coin made the circulation in Borneo about 200 years ago.

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