PMG's Featured Note of the Month: Netherlands Indies 1,000 Gulden

Posted on 9/20/2022

This banknote issued by the Dutch colony that is now Indonesia includes text in four different languages.

Netherlands Indies 1926 1,000 Gulden Specimen graded PMG 58 Choice About Uncirculated EPQ
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Country: Netherlands Indies

Catalog Number: Pick# 77a

Date: 1926

Denomination: 1,000 Gulden

Varieties: Pick# 77b has a later date and signature combination.

What makes it special? International Translation Day is celebrated on September 30. The date was chosen because it is the feast day of St. Jerome, who translated the Bible into Latin over 1,600 years ago. The back of this note has text in four different languages: Chinese, Javanese, Arabic and Dutch.

Did you know? After World War II, the Netherlands Indies became the independent nation of Indonesia, but it retains a complex network of languages. The national language is Indonesian, which borrows from Javanese and other regional languages, as well as from Dutch, Arabic, English and others. Additionally, immigrants from China have lived in what is today Indonesia for centuries.

Total graded by PMG: As of September 2022, the PMG Population Report has graded 61 examples of Pick# 77a and one example of Pick# 77b, as well as 5 Specimens.

PMG median grade: PMG 35 Choice Very Fine for the issued notes and PMG 62 Uncirculated for the Specimens.

PMG highest graded: The highest-graded Specimen is PMG 64 Choice Uncirculated, while two examples of Pick# 77a are graded PMG 58 Choice About Uncirculated EPQ.

Sales highlights: Heritage Auctions sold a Pick# 77a graded PMG 25 Very Fine in December 2021 for $2,760. Stack's Bowers sold one graded PMG 30 Very Fine in August 2021 for $3,120.

PMG Registry: This note is part of the Netherlands Indies, Type Set, 1901-1943 Issue, P61-P118, Issued Notes. The top competitor there is Sankie's Netherland Indies Complete -Sankie Collection-, which includes a Pick# 77a graded PMG 58 Choice About Uncirculated.

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