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1905 Netherlands Wilhelmina I Bronze 2 and a Half Cents

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General
Type: Netherlands Wilhelmina I Bronze 2 and a Half Cents 
Years: 1903 - 1906  Cat. Num.: KM# 134 
Country: Netherlands  Period: Wilhelmina I 
Currency: Dutch Guilder  Face value: 2 1/2 Cents 
System: Decimal  100 Cents = 1 Gulden 
Desgr/Engr: J.P.M. Menger 
Obverse: Standing lion left 
Reverse: Value within wreath 
Edge: Reeded 
Issue
Year:
1905
Mint:  
Mintage: 4,000,000 
Scarcity:
Valuation:
 
Notes:  
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(VF)
$3.75
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Specifications
Alignment:
Coin 
 
Composition: Bronze 
Fineness: N/A 
Weight(g): 4.0000g 
Weight(Oz): 0.13 Oz 
Net Content: N/A 
Bullion Value: N/A 
Diameter: 23.50mm 
Thickness: 1.10mm 
Description

In 1817, the first coins of the decimal currency were issued, the copper 1 cent and silver 3 guilder. The remaining denominations were introduced in 1818. These were copper cent, silver 5, 10 and 25 cents, and 1 guilder, and gold 10 guilder. In 1826, gold 5 guilder coins were introduced.

In 1840, the silver content of the coinage was reduced (see above) and this was marked by the replacement of the 3 guilder coin by a 2 guilder piece. The gold coinage was completely suspended in 1853, five years after the suspension of the gold standard. By 1874, production of silver coins greater in value than 10 cents had ceased, to be only fully resumed in the 1890s. Gold 10 guilder coins were struck again from 1875. In 1877, bronze 2 cent coins were introduced. In 1907, silver 5 cent coins were replaced by cupro-nickel pieces. In 1912, gold 5 guilder coins were reintroduced but the gold coinage was ended in 1933.

In 1941, following the German occupation, production of all earlier coin types ceased and zinc coins were introduced for 1, 2, 5, 10 and 25 cents. Large quantities of pre-war type, silver 10 and 25 cents and 1 guilder coins were minted in the United States between 1943 and 1945 for use following liberation.

In 1948, all half cents were taken out of circulation, and new bronze 1 and 5 cents coins and nickel 10 and 25 cents coins were introduced. In 1949, 1 and 2 guilders banknotes were introduced. Five years later, the silver 1 guilder coin was reintroduced, followed by the silver 2 guilders coin in 1959. The silver content was replaced with nickel in 1967, although no 2 guilders coins were minted in 1967 and 1968. The silver coins were demonetised in 1973.

Value Range
Year Mintage G F VF EF AU UNC BU PROOF
1905 4,000,000 $2.25 $3.75 $7.00 $12.00 $20.50 $55
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