G. R. P & C o , Ceylon
< 1869 - 4D½

A Ceylon 4D½ Coffee Token with initials which have not been identified.

Denomination4½ pence
Diameter24. mm
Thickness mm
Weight3.49 gms
Issuenot identified
grpco_4hd_obverse grpco_4hd_reverse
Lowsley #24, Pridmore #42 Mitchiner #2238

Obverse : --.--
G.R.P&C O.
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.