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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 48, November 29, 2009, Article 10

QUERY: INFORMATION ON SOURABAYA MINTMASTER JOHANN ANTHONIE ZWEKKERT SOUGHT

Jim Duncan writes:

I am seeking data about Johann Anthonie ZWEKKERT, mintmaster in Sourabaya from 1807-1817.

I have Pridmore and Bucknill, both of which are helpful, but I can't determine his date of birth (Jafna in Sri Lanka) or details of where he trained as a Doctor, presumably for the VOC. He served as a master for Batavia, the French, the British, and finally the Dutch, and was highly thought of. He deserves a record. Any help would be gratefully received and appreciated.

Surabaya is the capital of East Java province, Indonesia. Not surprisingly, an Internet search led me to another E-Sylum subscriber, Philip Mernick. On his web site is a copy of a talk given to the London Numismatic Club on 9th Sept. 1999 by John Roberts-Lewis, which mentions an East India Company (EIC) coin of Zwekkart's. -Editor

When Java was taken by the EIC the Old Dutch mint at Sourabaya was restored and its Dutch mint master, Zwekkart reappointed to strike copper similar to Dutch designs, but using the EIC balemark instead of the Dutch one. The stiver of 1811 is shown, obverse on left, reverse on right. The blanks were cast and issued each year from 1811 to 1815. They have a "z" for the mint master.

1811 East India Company Java Half Stiver obv 1811 East India Company Java Half Stiver rev

To read the complete article, see: The East India Company outside India (www.mernick.org.uk/lnc/talks/1999sep.htm)

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Wayne Homren, Editor

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