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
Diameter19.2 mm
Thickness3.7 mm
Weight Legal9.05 gms
Weight9.2 gms
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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. The value in Stivers 48 ST at center within a bead circle. No lines below the T.

This Elephant with the end of it's trunk bent and head held high and the seven dots in three lines with 2-3-2 are almost similar to the 1809 48St illustrated in Krause.

R. Nott reports eight varieties among (12) 1809 coins he has from the Lowsley collection. Pridmore Lists 3 varieties for 1809 (P#11-13), i.e. Seven dots with two, one and no (case shown above) lines below T.

Text from
* Ceylon Coins and Currency By H. W. Codrington. Colombo 1924
  Page 155 Chapter XI British - Coins struck in Ceylon. Plate 154.

The VF coin was scanned at 600dpi and the images are displayed at 300dpi. It was purchased on mail order in 2000 November from a US Dealer. The obverse seems to have been cleaned by an inexperienced collector. Cleaning was very popular for collectors in the old days.
See also a cast silver specimen which at best can only be regarded as contemporary forgery.