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.

DenominationQuarter Stuiver
Diameter14.5 mm
Thickness3.5 mm
Weight Legal3.34 gms
Weight3.44 gms
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 within a dot circle between two plain circles
Reverse : 1/4 ST within a dot circle between two plain 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 correct weight.

See also another 1/4 Stiver dump coin which is 21% under weight and therefore maybe contemporary counterfeit.

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 600 dpi and the images are displayed at 500 dpi. It was purchased in 2016 June within a small coin collection which appears to have been put in a Nidane in the mid 19th century.