Two Stiver - 1/24 Rix-dollar
The Light Two Stiver copper dump coin struck in Ceylon under contract from April 1803 to 1805. 50 Stivers to pound avoirdupoi.
|Pridmore #47; Mitchiner #2211; Krause #64|
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 24 at center.
Heavy Issue (1801-1803) 26.7 grams; Light Issue (1803) 18.14 grams;
Pridmore Lists 4 varieties for 1803 (P#47-50); and 4 varieties for 1805 (P#51-54)
Two stivers of 1804 are recorded but not traced by Pridmore.
See also rare 1/24 Rix Dollar 2 Stiver copper 1803 Elephant facing right coin
* Ceylon Coins and Currency By H. W. Codrington. Colombo 1924
Page 156 Chapter XI British - Coins struck in Ceylon. Plate 161
The coin was scanned at 300dpi and the images are displayed at 250dpi. It was purchased in 1999 March together with the 1803 1/12 Rix Dollar on Ebay from a US dealer.