1815 - Ceylon

Half Stiver

Half Stiver copper coin struck at the Royal Mint for circulation in Ceylon.
DenominationHalf Stiver
Diameter22. mm
Thickness1.6 mm
Weight4.53 gms
MintRoyal Mint
1815_hst_obverse 1815_hst_reverse
Pridmore #92; Mitchiner #2223; Krause #80

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; HALF 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. "Half Stiver" was of equal value to a British fathing of similar weight and size.

Text from
* Ceylon Coins and Currency By H. W. Codrington. Colombo 1924
  Page 154 Chapter XI British - Coins struck in England Plate 151.

The coin was scanned at 600 dpi and the images are displayed at 250 dpi.
Grayscale used to increase contrast shows green patina in lighter shade.