1821 - Ceylon

George IV - cast Forgery Rix Dollar

A cast Forgery of 1821 silver Rix-Dollars.

Denominationone RixDollar
Diameter26.5 mm
Thickness1.8 mm
Weight Legal8.985 gms
Weight8.30 gms
1821_george~iv_1rxd_cf_obverse 1821_george~iv_1rxd_cf_reverse

Obverse : Within plain rim, Laureate head to left, In margin GEORGIUS IV D:G:BRITANNIAR:REX F:D:
The Reverse : Within plain rim, elephant to left within wreath; above, in three lines CEYLON ONE RIX DOLLAR and below 1821

IMHO this is probably a contemporary forgery, since if it was a modern fake it would probably have been of silver of correct purity. It is 7.6% lighter and based on this weight it is probably 37% silver rather than 89% as the legal coin. It illustrates many of the features of cast copy. The features are dull and the surface shows small bubbles left from casting bubbles. The cast forgery is about 1% smaller due shrinkage.Please left click and view image at full 600dpi resolution.

See also genuine higher grade coin

Text from
* Ceylon Coins and Currency By H. W. Codrington. Colombo 1924
  Page 151 Chapter XI British - Coins struk in England - Plate 152.

The coin was scanned at 600dpi and the images are displayed at 200dpi.
The very fine grade forgery was purchased as such on ebay in September 2003.