Colombo - Silver Rupee
Silver Rupees from Dutch Mint of Colombo issued to the Surat standard under Resolution of 1784 April 1st.
|Codrington PL127; Schloten 1260; Krause #31.1|
|Obverse :|| Malay-Arabic Legend|
in Rim of radial dashes
|Reverse :|| Malay-Arabic Legend|
4 dot cross above
Year 1784 below.
The inscription in badly formed and incorrectly abbreviated Malay-Arabic letters. Two dies known. Little more than 121,500 were struck in 1784. It is listed as extremely rare (RRR) in Scholten.
1,636 were minted in 1786 with weight 12.977 gms of 0.833 fine Silver according to official sources, but none are known. See also the subsequent classic 1787 Colombo Silver coin from that Dutch era.
* Ceylon Coins and Currency By H. W. Codrington. Colombo 1924
Chapter X Dutch - Coins of the Eastern Mints. Plate 127. Page 132
* The Coins of the Dutch Overseas Territories- 1601-1948
C. Scholten, 1953, Amsterdam: Jacques Schulman. page 148-149
This rarer die type illustrated as lot#36 in Taisei-Baldwin-Gillio Auction #19 of Richard Ford collection of The Colonial Coinage of Ceylon, held in Singapore on 1995 February 23rd.
Coin was scanned at 600 dpi and displayed at 250 dpi. It was obtained in 2015 June from Lalith Raddella's collection in Colombo.
Silver Purity measured at 98% using XRF at Devi Jewellers Sea Street, Colombo matches legal value of 97.2%.
See also other die type (lot#35) of this extreamly rare silver coin from Jan Lingen's collection.