1808 - 1809 - Ceylon
96 Stiver - Two Rix-dollar

Ninety Six 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.

Denomination96 Stiver
Diameter24.0 mm
Thickness4.3 mm
Weight Legal18.14 gms
Weight17.73 gms
1809_96st_ag_obverse 1809_96st_ag_reverse
Pridmore #2; Mitchiner #2201; Krause #78

Obverse : Within a circle of dashes an elephant facing left with the year 1809 below a ground line.
Reverse : Within a circle of dashes CEYLONGOVERNMENT preceded by a group of seven dots. The value in Stivers 96 ST at center within a bead circle. Two lines below the T.

R. Nott reports three varieties among (4) 1808 coins and two varieties among (2) 1809 coins he has from the Lowsley collection. Pridmore Lists 1 varieties for 1808 (P#1) and 2 varieties for 1809 (P#2-3), i.e. Seven dots with two, and no lines below T.

See coin in Jan Lingen collection with no 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 155.

This VF+ coin was scaned at 600dpi and displayed at 300dpi. It is Ex: Randolph Zander sold as Lot#916 Numismatic Auctions #60 held in Lansing, MI on 2016 November 28th. This coin was the last for the year set of Ceylon Silver Dumps I needed for over 10 years. I thank Wayne Homren for highlighting this Auction Lot in E-sylum on 2016 November 20th issue and was lucky yo win it at a very reasonable price. Another sold on eBay for over 2 times that price within few months.