1815 - Ceylon

Two Stiver

Two Stiver copper coin struck at the Royal Mint for circulation in Ceylon.

DenominationTwo Stiver
Diameter34. mm
Thickness2.5 mm
Weight18.14 gms
MintRoyal Mint
1815_2st_obverse 1815_2st_reverse
Pridmore #90; Mitchiner #2221; Krause #82

Obverse : Laur and draped bust to right. T.W. placed below the right shoulder. Around margin GEORGIUS III D:G : BRITANNIARUM REX
Reverse : Within plain rim an elephant facing left and above, CEYLON around rim; TWO STIVER in a single line; and below 1815.

The Stiver known in Sinhala Tuttuwa and in Tamil Tuddu was worth 3 Dutch challie (VOC Duits), and 4 English challie (1/2 Farthings). i.e. "Two Stiver" was of equal value to a British Penny of similar weight and size. The British idiom "Not worth a penny" translated to the Sinhala "Tuttu dhecker", which is a comparison with the value of this coin.

The obverse engraved by Thomas Wyon Jr. A similar proof pattern not issued for circulation has a dot after REX., a small rose near the rim above initials T.W. on obverse, and T.W on the ground line below elephants right near-side foot.
Pridmore collection (Glendining & Co Auction 1982 October 18th, London lot#41) sold for GBP550.(+10% buyers premium). The Dick Ford collection (in Taisei-Baldwin-Gillio Auction#19 1995 February 23 Singapore lot#183) sold Proof for hammer price of US$1,300/-(+10% buyers premium).

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

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