Fake - 1809 - Ceylon

48 Stiver - One Rix-dollar

A non-genuine Forty Eight Stiver silver coin cast, either a contemporary forgery or a modern fake of original silver dump coin struck in Ceylon for circulation.

Denomination48 Stiver
Diameter20.0 mm
Thickness mm
Weight Legal9.05 gms
Weight8.1 gms
Mint Contemporary Forgery ?
1809_48st_ag-dump_obverse 1809_48st_ag-dump_reverse
Pridmore #13; Mitchiner #2203; Krause #77

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 preceded by a group of seven dots. 48 ST the value in Stivers at center within a bead circle. No lines below the T.

Cast silver specimens like this can only be regarded as local contemporary forgeries. This forgery is 10% underweight. The 9 in the date is almost like the 0. Note also the irregular bead circle and the size, orientation and spacing of the thick lettering around it. It is very regular and finer in the genuine silver stivers.

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 won on ebay in 2000 August from a Lankan in Canada who said he had inherited it as a part of an ancestral collection from his mother in Kandy. In view of this provenance it is most likely to be contemporary. It was returned to the seller for refund after finding it was under-weight and apparently not genuine.