1783 - 1793 - Ceilon

Galle VOC - One Stuiver

One Stuivers VOC copper dump coins from Dutch Mint at Galle, setup on Resolution of 1783 March 13th.

DenominationOne Stuiver
Diameter18. mm
Thickness mm
Weight Legal13.35 gms
Weight13.5 gms
Schloten 1341d; Mitchiner #2194; Krause #28

Obverse : G (Galle) above VOC monogram. Value I S below. two rosettes of four dots on either side
Reverse : Year 1783 above value in Sinhala = I(stribi) 1 (1 Stuivers)
Both sides within Rim of dotted and line circles.
VOC monogram of the Dutch East India Company has a large V superimposed on OC.

KM28S1341a S1783as No. 1334a, I.S Rev. 1783.
KM28S1341b S1783with I.S.
KM28S1341c S1783with I.S., no (.:.) below but to left in the field
KM28S1341d S1783similar with 1783: and with (.:.>-<.:.) and : between the Tamil letters
KM28S1341e R1783with (GO) instead of (OC) in (VOC)
KM28S1341f R1783as No. 1334f i.e. with o-o Rev. no dot after date, : between and . after Sinhala
KM28S1342a* S1787as No. 1334a but I.S. Rev. Dot to right below each 7 of date
KM28S1342b S1787similar, but monogram with instead of
KM28S1342c S1787similar, monogram with instead of
KM28S1342d S1787: between Sinhala, dot below date
KM28S1342e S1787without dots between the letters or at date
KM28S1342f S1787as a with 1.S
KM28S1342g S1787similar. Rev. i787, dot after and below date and between Sinhala, to 1. In field (.:.)
KM28S1343a R1788Similar, but I.S., dots below I and last 8 in date, (.:.) at top only
KM28S1343b R1788Similar. Rev. at top. to left and to right <.:.>, dot below date
KM28S1344a R1789as No. 1343a but II S (I and S divided by short upright stroke)
KM28S1344b R1789with I S Rev. Sinhala without dots
KM28S1345a R1790with I S, Sinhala between .-., (.:.) at top only
KM28S1345b R1790similar but a dot to left of Sinhala only
KM28S1346 R1792as No. 1340a i.e. with (.:::.) above reverse, further no dots
KM28S1347 RR1793Similar

Minting in Galle as was also done at Jaffna, was under the supervision of the local employees of the Company.

The Stuivers were struck in accordance with the Res. of Mar.13, 1783 and in agreement with the weight of the Stuivers of Colombo. The minting of Dudus anywhere but at Colombo was disapproved of by Batavia. Since, however, the Mint at Colombo was already overtaxed and it had to rush to be able to supply Jaffna and Galle with coining material before the end of the sailing season.

Text from
* Ceylon Coins and Currency By H. W. Codrington. Colombo 1924
  Page 135 Chapter X Dutch - Coins of the Eastern Mints. Plate 144.
* The Coins of the Dutch Overseas Territories- 1601-1948
  C. Scholten, 1953, Amsterdam: Jacques Schulman.

This dump coin was scanned at 300dpi and displayed at 300dpi. It was obtained in 2000 September from O. M. R. Sirisena an expert collector in Colombo, Lanka.

Very crude recent copies of these coins are sold by hawkers near the Galle lighthouse in Lanka.