1803 - 1805 - Ceylon Government

Four Stiver - 1/12 Rix-dollar

The Light Four Stiver (Fanam) copper dump coin struck in Ceylon under contract from April 1803 to 1805

SPECIFICATIONS
Denomination1/12 RixDollar
AlloyCopper
TypeStruck
Diameter29. mm
Thickness  mm
Weight Legal36.27 gms
Weight36.495 gms
ShapeRound
EdgeDump
Die Axis
MintCeylon
1803_f12rxd_cu-dump_obverse 1803_f12rxd_cu-dump_reverse
Pridmore #31; Mitchiner #220_; Krause #65

Obverse : Within a beaded circle between two plain circles an elephant facing left. The year 1803 below
Reverse : Within a beaded circle between two plain circle :CEYLONGOVERNMENT The fraction of value to Rix Dollar 12 at center.

Heavy Issue (1801-1803) 53.4 grams; Light Issue (1803-1805) 36.28 grams; Pridmore Lists 4 varieties for 1803 (P#30-33); 2 varieties for 1804 (P#34-35); and 2 varieties for 1805 (P#36-37)

KMPridmore Year Legend Extra feature
6530 1803   :CEYLON.GOVERNMENT
6531 1803   :CEYLONGOVERNMENT
6532 1803   :CEYLON:GOVERNMENT
7133 1803   :CEYLONGOVERNMENT Elephant facing right
6534 1804   :CEYLON.GOVERNMENT
6535 1804   :CEYLONGOVERNMENT
6536 1805   :CEYLONGOVERNMENT
6537 1805   +CEYLON.GOVERNMENT

Text from
* Ceylon Coins and Currency By H. W. Codrington. Colombo 1924
  Page 156 Chapter XI British - Coins struck in Ceylon.

The coin was scanned at 300dpi and the images are displayed at 250dpi. It was purchased in 1999 March together with the 1803 1/24 Rix Dollar on Ebay from a US dealer.