1642 - 1649 - Portuguese Ceilão
Silver - Double Tanga -TA D S

The silver Double Tanga with Coat of arms of Portugal and Tanga Asia (TA) monogram struck in Goa from 1642-1649 for circulation in Ceilão, also known as De Seylão D S, during the reign of D. João IV (1640-1656).

DenominationTwo Tanga
Diameter20.3 mm
Thickness1.8 mm
Weight legal4.38 gms
Weight4.23 gms
164x_GA_DS_TA_J4_2tanga_obverse 164x_GA_DS_TA_J4_2tanga_reverse
Gomes J4:20.? ; KM #14

Obverse : Crowned Coat of arms of Portugal divides G A (Goa) within circle of dots between two plain line circles.
Reverse : TA (Tanga Asia) monogram divides D S (De Seylão) with year I64x below worn out, all within circle of dots between two plain line circles.

Codrington (VIII-21:II,p.100) lists it among silver coins struck in or for Ceylon as the second series of the Malacca type struck in 1642, 1643 1644 and 1649, comparing with the Tanga Asia with D M (De Malacca).

In Grogan section on Ceylon the double Tanga is illustrated: (1323) of 1643 -- 20/21 mm ; 4.46 grams.

The uncleaned VF condition coin was scanned at 600dpi and displayed at 300dpi. It was obtained in 2010 September from a Lankan Dealer as part of a small hoard of silver (1600-1669) coins which also included 9 Double Stuiver coins from Zeeland 7 Double Stuiver coins from Overijssel, a Double Stuiver coin from Holland with french countermark, and a Roosschelling coin of Holland. The hoard is claimed to have been with a Lankan family for many generations.

Text from
* Ceylon Coins and Currency By H. W. Codrington. Colombo 1924
  Chapter VIII Portuguese - Plate xxx. Page xxx
* The Coins of the Dutch Overseas Territories- 1601-1948
  C. Scholten, 1953, Amsterdam: Jacques Schulman. page xxx-xxx
* Moedas Portuguesas 1128-1988, by Alberto Gomes. Lisbon 1987
* Collection Henry Thomas Grogan, J. Schulman, Auction 23-02-1914.
* Non-Islamic and Western Colonies since 600 AD by by Michael Mitchiner.