C.H.deS. (C. H. de Soysa)

A token issued by Charles Henry de Soysa, philanthropist and a very successful business man. Coffee planted in King's Gardens at Hanguranketa was his father's source of wealth.

SPECIFICATIONS
Denomination pence
AlloyBrass
Diameter24 mm
Thickness mm
Weight5.52 gms
Shaperound
EdgeMilled
DieAxis
Issue
chdes_obverse chdes_reverse
Lowsley #Unlisted Pridmore #93

Obverse : -.-*-.-
C.H.deS.

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(C. H. de Soysa) within beaded circle inside raised rim.
Reverse : blank within a beaded circle within a plain cricle inside raised rim.

C. H. de SOYSA Charles Henry de Soysa, who was a posthumous knight. He was a great benefactor and philanthropist and his statue was erected in the Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo.
He was the son of Jeronis de Soysa of Moratuwa, who, whilst trading in Kandy, purchased from the Government the King's Gardens at Hanguranketa. The gardens were planted with coffee and brought him his great wealth, which his son, Charles Henry, distributed philanthropically for the benefit of Ceylon in later years. Charles Henry was a very successful business man and owned very many valuable properties all over the island. Before the news reached Ceylon of the bestowal of a Knighthood he died and his wife was given authority to be called Lady Soysa until her death.

Reference
* The Coins of British Commonwealth of Nations to the end of the reign of George VI 1952 Part 2 - Asian Territories by F. Pridmore Spink & Son Ltd., 1965. Tokens

The token was scanned at 300 dpi and the images are displayed at 250 dpi. I thank Dr Srilal Fernando in Australia, for the scans of this token from his father Late C. S. G. Fernando's collection.