A Ceylon 4D½ Coffee Token with initials which have not been identified.
|Lowsley #24, Pridmore #42 Mitchiner #2238|
| between two lines with a dot in centre of each and|
within a beaded circle inside raised rim.
|Reverse :||4D½||within a beaded circle inside raised rim.|
A well-struck copper token with beaded circles at margin on each
side; evidently issued before the Decimal coinage of 1870. The
initials have not been identified from local inquiries.
It is an example of a number of tokens, with the same design and of same value with initials of persons or companies which have been used in 19th century British colonial Ceylon during the era of coffee plantations.
* Coins and Tokens of Ceylon, Lieut. Col B. Lowsley, Num. Chron. Sr III Vol. XV, 1895.
* 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. * Oriental Coins AD 600 - 1979 by Michael Mitchiner 1979
The 600 dpi images are displayed at 250 dpi.
I thank Shiran Cruse, Kandy, Sri Lanka, for the scans of this token from his collection now with me.