1783 - 1795 - Ceilon

Colombo VOC - One Stuiver

Single Stuivers VOC coins from Dutch Mint of Colombo. On the advice of the mintmaster, Fredrik Damman, the Council of Colombo, resolved on 1783 February 13th to have Dudus of 4 Doits (1 Stuiver) copper dump coins struck.

DenominationOne Stuiver
Diameter21. mm
Thickness mm
Weight Legal13.35 gms
Weight13.76 gms
1786_voc_c_1st_cu-dump_obverse 1786_voc_c_1st_cu-dump_reverse
Schloten 1299b; Mitchiner #2187; Krause #26

Obverse : VOC monogram, below C (Colombo).
Reverse : .:. I .:. above STUIVE(R) above year 1786
Both sides within bead and line circles.

In October 1787 the Mint of Colombo was located In the "Bangzaal" near "Kaymans Poort", under the sworn minter Rynier Hendriksz.

VOC monogram of the Dutch East India Company has a large V superimposed on OC.
KM26S1296a R 1783 Die of fine workmanship
KM26S1296b 1783 Narrow monogram
KM26S1296c 1783 Wide legend on rev., larger 7
KM26S1297a R 1784 Die of fine workmanship
KM26S1797b 1784 Large lettering
KM26S1298a 1785 small lettering (height 3 1/2 mm)
KM26S1298b 1785 large lettering
KM26S1298c R 1785 Var. with SIUIVER
KM26S1299a 1786 small lettering
KM26S1299b 1786 6 longer
KM26S1299c 1786 wide date
KM26S1299d 1786 as c, larger lettering (4 mm)
KM26S1300a S 1787
KM26S1300b S 1787 small lettering
KM26S1301a R 1788
KM26S1301b R 1788 no dot on I in STUWER
KM26S1301c R 1788 small lettering (3 mm), the first 8 of the date reclining to l.
KM26S1302a 1789 small lettering
KM26S1302b 1789 no dot on I
KM26S1302c 1789 larger lettering
KM26S1302d 1789 8 and 9 below line
KM26S1303a 1790
KM26S1303b 1790 thin lettering, 90 below line
KM26S1303c 1790 with SIUIVER
KM26S1304 1791 with thick 9
KM26S1305a S 1792
KM26S1305b R 1792 with SIUIVIR
KM26S1306a R 1793
KM26S1306b RR1793 with VOC below O
KM26S1307a S 1794
KM26S1307b R 1794 with large 4
KM26S1308a*R 1795 crude lettering
KM26S1308b R 1795 95 smaller than the other numerals

These coins were struck to meet the constantly increasing shortage of small change. Batavia sent word to Colombo, however, that as a sufficient number of Doits had arrived from Europe in the meantime, further coinage of copper Dudus, Larins and Bazarucos would be unnecessary. In 1787 Colombo replied that since there was nothing but copper in circulation, the supply of Doits would soon be exhausted; as there was no more Japanese copper available, it was decided to use the metal from old cannon. In 1788 Japanese copper was used again.

Text from
* Ceylon Coins and Currency By H. W. Codrington. Colombo 1924
  Page 133 Chapter X Dutch - Coins of the Eastern Mints. Plate 130.
* The Coins of the Dutch Overseas Territories- 1601-1948
  C. Scholten, 1953, Amsterdam: Jacques Schulman.

The coin was scanned at 300dpi and the images are displayed at 300dpi. It was purchased in April 1999 from the John Madlon collection of Dutch Ceylon copper dumps.