1803 - 1805 - Ceylon

48 Stiver - One Rix-dollar

Forty Eight Stiver silver coin struck in Ceylon for circulation by authority dated 1803 June, 8th with fineness 891.66 and weight 50 to the pound avoirdupois.

Denomination48 Stiver
Diameter20.0 mm
Thickness mm
Weight Legal9.05 gms
Weight8.82 gms
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Pridmore #6; Mitchiner #2202; Krause #77

Obverse : Within a circle of dashes an elephant facing left with a perspective ground. The year 1804 below a line.
Reverse : Within a circle of dashes CEYLONGOVERNMENT preceded by a group of four dots. The value in Stivers 48 ST at center within a bead circle. Two lines below the T.

This Elephant with the end of it's trunk stretched slightly forward is similer to the 1804 illustrated in Mitchiner. R. Nott reports two varieties among (2) 1803 coins; six varieties among (7) 1804 coins; and single variety among (2) rare 1805 coins the he has from the Lowsley collection. Pridmore Lists 1 varieties for 1803 (P#5) (with dot); and 2 varieties each for 1804 (P#6-7), and 1805 (P#8-9) i.e. with and without dot between CEYLON.GOVERNMENT.

Text from
* Ceylon Coins and Currency By H. W. Codrington. Colombo 1924
  Page 155 Chapter XI British - Coins struck in Ceylon. Plate 154.

The coin was scanned at 600dpi and the images are displayed at 300dpi. It was purchased on ebay in 2000 May from the US dealer I had purchased 3 of the other Silver Stivers in this collection.