1789 - Dutch - Ceilon - VOC

Lead - One Duit

VOC Lead Bazarucos of Doit from Dutch Mint of Colombo issued first in 1789. under Resolution of 1789 May 19 as copper Doits imported from the homeland were very scarce.

DenominationOne Doit
Diameter19.4 mm
Thickness3.3 mm
Weight Legal6.175 gms
Weight5.7 gms
1789_voc_c_1dt_pb-dump_obverse 1789_voc_c_1dt_pb-dump_reverse
Codrington PL134; Schloten 1313b; Mitchiner #2192; Krause #33.1

Obverse : VOC monogram of the Company surmounted by C in bead and line circle
Reverse : .:. I .:. above DT, below the year 1789 in bead and line circles (not visible)

KM33.1S1313a I / DT / 1789 Dotted rim R
KM33.1S1313b with .:. I .:. 1789 R
KM33.1S1313c smaller monogram 1789 R
KM33.1S1314 with I .:. 1790 RR
KM33.1S1315 1791 RRR

It was decided by Resolution of 1789 May 19th to strike 20,000 Troy pounds (494.0942 grams) of Doits of an alloy of 2/3 lead, 1/6 tin and 1/6 spelter (tutenag), each of weight 6.175 grams. Allowing for a melting loss of 14% it was expected that this would produce 1,376,000 pieces.

All coins of this year are listed as rare (R) in Scholten. In newer coins of 1792-1793 the value was written as DUIT rather than DT

Text from
* Ceylon Coins and Currency By H. W. Codrington. Colombo 1924
  Page 134 Chapter X Dutch - Coins of the Eastern Mints. Plate 134.
* The Coins of the Dutch Overseas Territories- 1601-1948
  C. Scholten, 1953, Amsterdam: Jacques Schulman.

The VF coin was scanned at 300dpi and the images are displayed at 300dpi.
It was illustrated lot#956 in Baldwin's Auction #27 of Ton Eijkelenkamp collection of Coins of the Dutch S.E.Asian Territories, held in London on 2001 October 8th. It was purchased in London in 2001 November from remaining unsold lots.