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.
|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.
* 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.