1783 - Ceilon

Colombo VOC - Quarter Stuiver

Quarter Stuivers VOC copper dump coins from Dutch Mint of Colombo. The Council of Colombo, by resolution of 1783 February 4th decided to strike Dudus of (1/4 Stuiver) Doit. They bear no date.

SPECIFICATIONS
DenominationQuarter Stuiver
AlloyCopper
TypeStruck
Diameter15. mm
Thickness mm
Weight Legal3.34 gms
Weight2.63 gms
ShapeRound
EdgeDump
DieAxis
MintColombo
1783_voc_c_Qst_cu-dump_obverse 1783_voc_c_Qst_cu-dump_reverse
Codrington 131; Schloten 1309a; Mitchiner #2190; Krause #25

Obverse : C (Colombo) above VOC monogram.
Reverse : 1/4 ST
Rim of dotted line circles.

VOC monogram of the Dutch East India Company has a large V superimposed on OC.

In Scholten the legal weight of the Stuiver of Ceilon is quoted at the price of copper (ca.). For the 1783 Colombo Stuiver 13.35 gms is given in Scholten and other denominations in proportions. This would make this 1/4 Stuiver dump 21% under weight like the wreath 1/8 Stuiver dump and therefore maybe contemporary counterfeits unless both were issued when copper was relatively more expensive.

KM25S1309a* SND in Stephanik sale 4 die varieties
KM25S1309b SND with larger value 1/4

Text from
* Ceylon Coins and Currency By H. W. Codrington. Colombo 1924
  Page 133 Chapter X Dutch - Coins of the Eastern Mints. Plate 131.
* The Coins of the Dutch Overseas Territories- 1601-1948
  C. Scholten, 1953, Amsterdam: Jacques Schulman.

The coin was scanned at 600dpi and the images are displayed at 450dpi. It was purchased in April 1999 from the John Madlon collection of Dutch Ceylon copper dumps.