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In 1939, a shortage of guldens and rijksdaalders originated. This shortage and the continuing large demand for large silver coins and the smaller denominations, asked for a enormous production at the Mint. the demand for the smaller coins decreased in the summer, but after August 1940, it increased again. Specifically in 1941, there was a continuous shortage of the smaller denominations. Then there was also the plan of the Germans, to take nickel and bronze coins out of circulation, to use the metal in their war industry. In the end of 1940, the Mint master was handed an "Anweising zur Erf