1808 - 1809 - Ceylon

48 Stiver - One Rix-dollar

Forty Eight 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.

Denomination48 Stiver
Diameter20.0 mm
Thickness mm
Weight Legal9.05 gms
Weight8.714 gms
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Pridmore #10; Mitchiner #2203; Krause #77

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 CEYLONGOVERNMENT preceded by a group of seven 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 horizonatal is similer to the 1808 illustrated in Codrington, Mitchiner, and Pridmore, the 1808 96 St in Krause. The seven dots in three lines with 2-3-2 are similer to the 1809 48 Stiver in Krause, and unlike the five line 1-2-1-2-1 pattern in 1808 illustrated in Codrington, Mitchiner, and Pridmore. R. Nott reports six varieties among (6) 1808 coins and eight varieties among (12) 1809 coins he has from the Lowsley collection. Pridmore Lists 1 varieties for 1808 (P#10) case shown above; and 3 varieties for 1809 (P#11-13), i.e. Seven dots with two, one and no lines below T.

See also Fake coin NGC certified, withdrawn from Heritage LongBeach Auction and subsequently listed by distinctivecoins.

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 1999 August from a US dealer who had obtained it in Europe