24 Stiver - Half Rix-dollar
Twenty Four Stiver silver coin struck in Ceylon for circulation by authority dated 1803 June, 8th with fineness 891.66 and weight 100 to the pound avoirdupois.
|Pridmore #14; Mitchiner #220_; Krause #76|
Obverse : Within a circle of dashes
an elephant facing left with small bushes between his feet,
year 1803 below the ground line and between another line.
Reverse :Within a circle of dashes CEYLONGOVERNMENT preceded by a group of four dots and sometimes divided by a dot. The value in Stivers 24 ST at center within a bead circle. Two lines below the T.
The total face falue of the locally struck silver coinage 1803-1805 is approximately 289000. 1803, Half Rix Dollar is a very rare date Lowsley didn't find. The British Museum has specimen dated 1805.
* Ceylon Coins and Currency By H. W. Codrington. Colombo 1924
Page 155 Chapter XI British - Coins struck in Ceylon.
The coin was scanned at 600dpi and the images are displayed at 300dpi. It was purchased at the 2004 July from a Dealer in New York selling an Elephant Collection which included many items from former Pittsburgher Gerry Porter author of Elephants In Numismatics and Exonumia from Ancient to Modern Time