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 100 to the pound avoirdupois.

Denomination48 Stiver
Diameter18.85 mm
Thickness3.87 mm
Weight Legal9.05 gms
Weight9.24 gms
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Pridmore #9; Mitchiner #2202; Krause #77

Obverse : Within a circle of dashes an elephant facing left with a perspective ground. The year 1805 below a line.
Reverse : Within a circle of dashes CEYLON.GOVERNMENT 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 down is slightly different from the coin in Lingen's collection. 5 forward is similer to the 1804 illustrated in Mitchiner. R. Nott reports single variety among (2) rare 1805 coins the he has from the Lowsley collection. Pridmore Lists 2 varieties 1805 (P#8-9) i.e. with and without dot between CEYLON.GOVERNMENT.

Images of coin from listing of Auction I won on ebay in 2005 July from a US dealer.