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Started by Rangnath, January 03, 2009, 02:37:24 AM
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Quote from: Rangnath on January 06, 2009, 08:54:58 PMAidan, any idea why it was called a "truck" token and when Parlaiment passed such acts?
Quote from: thelawnet on January 03, 2009, 04:43:11 PMThe seller says it reads "50c Guteur.co 1892 Bandar Poeloe Unter Neilmung" (perhaps guteur reads gut fur?, and 'Unternehmung' is German for company)Bandar Pulau is now a district of Asahan province in North Sumatra (which is where a lot of 1880s-1890s plantation tokens come from). I'm a bit confused as to what was the money in use in late 19th Century Sumatra. All of the Sumatran tokens are denominated in dollars and cents. The currency of Batavia from the 17th Century was the Dutch stuiver and subsequently the duit. In the 19th Century things moved over to the decimalized gulden and cents. Obviously the further from Batavia, the less likelihood there would be that things would be as they were there. But the Dutch had gone to the effort of conquering most of the parts of Sumatra (except Aceh) in the 1860s to add to the bits they gained in 1824 from the British. I guess monetary reform was not necessarily immediate. Even so, I don't understand the use of the dollar, e.g., by Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij, which opened in Medan in 1888, and issued notes of 1 - 100 dollars in the late 19th Century.I guess in any case the numismatic history of the 'Indies' is anything but homogenous, and almost impossible to accurately document - 'Java' or even 'West Java' comprised of numerous different (and changing) areas, some of which would have followed Batavian practices earlier than others, so it's really impossible to say that the 'Indies', or 'Sumatra' had a single currency until some point long after the Dutch first arrived (I guess it would be 20th Century).