Japanese Occupation 1943/44 Netherlands East Indies Tin Alloy Coins.
Dating 1943–1944 AD occupation coinage issued during WWII.
The year zero of the corresponding era (applied to the date on those coins) was 660 B.C. — the year when Japan is believed to have been founded. These dates are taken from the Japanese Shinto dynastic calendar.

These issues were struck for use in the Netherlands East Indies (another name is the Dutch East Indies), not for internal circulation. The Dutch East Indies was the Dutch colony that became modern Indonesia following World War II — in 1945, when Indonesian nationalists declared independence after the period of the Japanese occupation.

The following issues were struck at the Osaka Mint. The only inscription (written in Japanese characters) found on these coins is “Dai Nippon” standing for “Great Japan”. The war situation had worsened to the point that shipping the coins to the destination point, i.e. the Netherlands East Indies, became virtually impossible. Consequently, almost the entire issue — from 69 to 233 million coins, depending on the coin type — was lost or remelted at the mint. So this is why these occupation coins are relatively rare and have a high market value.

The following types of Japanese occupation coins for the Dutch East Indies are known:

▪ 1 sen, aluminium, struck in 2603 (1943 AD) and 2604 (1944 AD); KM-YA66,
1 Sen
1 Sen

▪ 5 sen, aluminium, struck in 2603 (1943 AD);(No image,Ultra Scarce)

▪ 10 sen, tin alloy, struck in 2603 (1943 AD) and 2604 (1944 AD). 
10 Sen
Tin Alloy. 10 sen. 3.5g, 22mm. Mintage 69,490,000 but most lost or remelted. Scarce. 

Japanese Occupation tin Alloy 10 Sen NE 2604 (1944), KM-Y66 (listed under Japan in KM), a pleasing example of this almost never seen type. A 10 sen dated 1944, made for the Netherlands East Indies. The coins were produced but never shipped out to the area and were melted, but a few survived.

A piece was graded PCGS MS63,Wong Hon Sum Collection was realised for SD800 at Collectibles Auction Asia on 19.Oct.2013 in Singapore. It was bidded by a Malaysian collector.

Master Saran Singh's Collection.Thanks to Master Saran Singh for sharing.


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