1808 - 1809 - Ceylon

24 Stiver - Half Rix-dollar

Twenty Four Stiver silver coin struck in Ceylon for circulation by authority dated 1808 February 17th which reduced the fineness standard of the silver coins to 833.33.

Denomination24 Stiver
Diameter17.0 mm
Thickness mm
Weight Legal4.53 gms
Weight4.695 gms
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Pridmore #17; Mitchiner #220_; Krause #76

Obverse : Within a circle of dashes an elephant facing left with a perspective ground. The year 1808 below a line.
Reverse : Within a circle of dashes Saven dot symbol on top CEYLONGOVERNMENT The value in Stivers 24 ST at center within a bead circle. Two lines below the T.

Pridmore Lists 2 varieties for 1808 (P#17-18) i.e. Seven (case shown above) or two dots; and 4 varieties for 1809 (P#19-22), i.e. Seven dots with two, one, and no lines below T, and the single dot (case shown for the 1809 coin).

See also coin Mis-Struck on reverse by 17% showing a large region of the blank planchet.

Lowsley (1895) acquired one, of heavy weight, dated 1816 which is suspect since the contract ceased when the Ceylon Government mint was founded in 1811.

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

The coin was scanned at 600dpi and the images are displayed at 300dpi. It was purchased in 2000 January on Ebay from a same US dealer who sold me the 48 Stiver and 1809 24 Stiver. He had obtained all of them in Europe.