1813 - Ceylon

1/4 Pice Copper Dump

In 1813 a copper Quarter Pice coin of a very small number was issued.

SPECIFICATIONS
Denomination1/4 Pice
AlloyCopper
TypeStruck
Diameter13 mm
Thickness mm
Weight Legal2.20 gms
ShapeRound
EdgeDump
DieAxis
IssueUnknown
MintCeylon
1813_Qpice_cu-dump_obverse 1813_Qpice_cu-dump_reverse
Pridmore #80; Krause #72

Obverse : A beaded circle between two plain circles around C.G. above 1813 with a line in between; (Ceylon .Government)
Reverse : A beaded circle between two plain circles around PI¼CE

It is not listed in Codrington, as it had been previously attributed to the East India Company in Bengal Presidency. Probably of an experimental nature, specimens are extremely rare, but have been found in Colombo, Pettah.

Pridmore collection (Glendining & Co Auction 1982 October 18th, London lot#36) sold for GBP350.(+10% buyers premium).
The Dick Ford collection (in Taisei-Baldwin-Gillio Auction#19 1995 February 23 Singapore lot#173) sold for hammer price of US$1,800/-.(+10% buyers premium).

Text edited from
* The Coins of the British Commonwealth of Nations
F. Pridmore, London, Spink & Son Ltd., 1960.

Maybe some lucky day I will find this coin. Until such time the 300 dpi scan is a colorized rendering of the image in Pridmore. This image is used in the 3rd Edition of the Krause 19th century Volume, which had not illustrated this coin previously. <