1811 - 1816 - Ceylon Government

Four Stiver - 1/12 Rix-dollar

Four Stiver (Fanam) copper forgery of dump coin struck in Ceylon Government Mint.

Denomination1/12 RixDollar
Diameter28.0 mm
Thickness 6.0 mm
Weight Legal36.27 gms
Weight 25.20 gms
Die Axis 180°
1813_f12rxd_cu-dump_obverse 1813_f12rxd_cu-dump_reverse
Pridmore #40; Mitchiner #220_; Krause #65

Obverse : Within a beaded circle between two plain circles an elephant facing left. The year 1813 below
Reverse : Within a beaded circle between two plain circle :CEYLO:NGOVERNMENT The fraction of value to Rix Dollar 12 at center.

Note that all three N are mirror in this forgery and the : is between the O:N rather than a . after CEYLON.

This coin is 30.5% under weight and maybe at best a contemporary forgery.

Text from
* Ceylon Coins and Currency By H. W. Codrington. Colombo 1924
  Page 156 Chapter XI British - Coins struck in Ceylon. Plate 157.

The F grade forgery was scanned at 300 dpi and the images are displayed at 200 dpi. It was kindly gifted to me in 2002 December by Samuel Lopresto, a dealer in USA-CA from whom I purchsed two genuine Elephant dumps including the VG+ grade 1812 dump of same type.