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
Weight4.564 gms
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Pridmore #22; Mitchiner #220_; Krause #76

Obverse : Within a circle of dashes an elephant facing left with a perspective ground. The year 1809 below a line.
Reverse : Within a circle of dashes .CEYLONGOVERNMENT i.e. preceded by a single dot. The value in Stivers 24 ST at center within a bead circle. Two lines below the T omitted.

This Elephant with leaning forward is similer to the 1809 48 St illustrated in Krause. Pridmore Lists 2 varieties for 1808 (P#17-18) i.e. Seven (case for the 1808 coin 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 above.

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 1999 August together with the 48 Stiver won on Ebay from a US dealer who had obtained it in Europe.