1803 - Ceylon

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.

Denomination24 Stiver
Diameter14.7 mm
Thickness2.9 mm
Weight Legal4.53 gms
Weight4.47 gms
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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.

Text from
* 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