1803 - 1805 - Ceylon Government

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.

SPECIFICATIONS
Denomination1/24 RixDollar
AlloyCopper
TypeStruck
Diameter23.5 mm
Thickness mm
Weight Legal18.14 gms
Weight18.944 gms
ShapeRound
EdgeDump
DieAxis
MintCeylon
1805_f24rxd_cu-dump_obverse 1805_f24rxd_cu-dump_reverse
Pridmore #51; Mitchiner #2211; Krause #64

Obverse : Within a beaded circle between two plain circles an elephant facing left. The year 1805 below
Reverse : Within a beaded circle between two plain circle :CEYLONGOVERNMENT The fraction of value to Rix Dollar 24 at center.

Heavy Issue (1801) 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.

KMPridmore Year Legend Extra feature
64471803   :CEYLONGOVERNMENT
64481803   :CEYLON:GOVERNMENT
64491803    CEYLONGOVERNMENT
64511805   :CEYLONGOVERNMENT
64521805    CEYLONGOVERNMENT
64531805   +CEYLON.GOVERNMENT

Text from
* 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 300dpi. It was purchased in March 2000 from the John Madlon collection of Ceylon copper dumps.