PCGS Certifies 1945 Netherlands East Indies 2 1/2 Cent STRUCK IN GOLD At The U.S. Philadelphia Mint
Here is a comparison of this proof gold pattern (left)
with the authorized issue in bronze (right).
This is a proof pattern gold striking of KM-316. The regular issued coin was struck in bronze. This proof gold pattern weighs 13.2 grams and is 31 mm wide.
It is unlisted in Krause. There are only 3 known. This specific coin is in gem proof, certified and authenticated by PCGS as Proof 64.
The obverse portrays a crown and shield with a lion and the reverse shows Jawi script that translates to “One fortieth Rupiah.”
The Japanese Empire occupied the Netherlands East Indies during World War II from 1942 through 1945. Subsequently, the Dutch Government had the U.S. strike bronze coins in the 3 U.S. Mints during this time period.
A 1944 decree authorized the striking of the 2 1/2 cent gold patterns. This half-dollar-sized proof gold pattern of an issued bronze coin is a fascinating part of the history of U.S. Mint.
The dies were produced inside the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia. This is an extremely rare proof gold pattern, with 3 known surviving examples to date.