Here’s a souvenir from World War II.
Netherlands, 10 cents, 1942 (KM #173)
This coin was made during the German occupation of the Netherlands, the time when Anne Frank and her family were hiding from their Nazi oppressors. This zinc coin was much larger than the tiny silver 10-cent coins used by the Dutch before the war broke out. 1942 was the peak of mintage of this coin, with 95.6 million made. It is a common coin with little value either for its metal or for collecter value. But it is a neat little history reminder of life during World War II, when foreign troops ruled another’s homeland.
Weight 3.3 g
Diameter 22 mm
Thickness 1.5 mm
Engraver N. de Haas (reverse)
Orientation Coin alignment