1783 - Ceilon

Jaffna VOC - Two Stuiver

Two Stuivers VOC copper dump coins from Dutch Mint at Jaffna in accordance with the Resolution of 1783 March 13th.

DenominationTwo Stuiver
Diameter31.4 mm
29.3 mm
Thickness5.5 mm
Weight Legal26.7 gms
Weight30.88 gms
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1783_voc_j_2st-cudump_edge1 1783_voc_j_2st-cudump_edge2
Schloten 1320b; Krause #29

Obverse : I (Jaffna) above VOC monogram between Annulets; Value 2.S below; within Rim of dashes.
Reverse : Year 1783; value in Tamil @:y. = 1/2 P (1/2 fanam) below; within Rim of dashes.
Both sides

Is the coin is 15.7% over legal weight ?, It is similer to weights in Grogan 601-603 for the 1783 Jaffna 2 Stiver: 30.47, 32.48, 31.33 grams.

The coin has been struck on a larger flan, like and die identical to the illustrated lot 960 of Baldwin's Auction #27 of Ton Eijkelenkamp collection. The RR coin shown above appears to be higher grade.

The 600 dpi images loaded are shown at 200 dpi to display within page. Please left click on image and view image at full resolution. The obverse shows some straight streaks. I suspect that is toning after a poor cleaning or some protecting wax rubbed on coin. It did not wash out with soap and water.

KM29S1320a RR 1783The monogram between 0-0, : between Tamil letters and . after latter. Annulet o above date. iRm of dashes.
KM29S1320b RR 1783larger Tamil letters, no dot after them
KM29S1320c RR 1783monogram between .-. Rev. . above date and . between Tamil letters, dotted rim
KM29S1320d RR 1783similar, . after date
KM29S1320e RRR 1783monogram with 0 0 in lieu of 0 C
KM29S1321a RRR 1784'.. between Tamil letters
KM29S1322 RRRR1786(over 1783) [1 Moquette Sale (1929) No.320 only.]
KM29S1323 RRRR1787with two dots above and one dot under the 8, 7 upside down
KM29S1324a*RR 1788Monogram between : - : and 2 5 Rev. as No. 1321a, ... above Tamil letters,
KM29S1324b RR 1788similar with <.:.>-><.:.> and : 2 S Rev. Tamil preceded by :
KM29S1324c RR 1788as b Rev. 1788
KM29S1325a RR 1792 with <:.>-+ and: 2 S (2 S divided by a short upright stroke); dot after date
KM29S1325c RR 1792as a with 2.S

See also companion list of Jaffna 2 Stiver coins with Tamil letters interchanged.

To the end of their rule the Dutch had a special system for counting taxes at Jaffna: 5 doits = 1 tammekas; 10 tammekas = 1 fanam; 12 fanams = 1 rixdollar.

Minting in Jaffna as was also done at Galle, was under the supervision of the local employees of the Company. The text is in Tamil which had been the vernacular of Jaffna, in the North of Lanka, for centuries. Sinhala was used on the coins minted in Galle in the South of the Island.

The Stuivers were struck in accordance 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 134 Chapter X Dutch - Coins of the Eastern Mints. C - Jaffna Plate 137.
* 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 200dpi. It was purchased on eBay in September 2003 from a dealer in UK who said he got it in a collection over 10 years ago. It was listed on eBay with no images and the seller lost E-mail contact and did not reply during Auction. Bid was a gamble which was very fortunate.