Jaffna VOC - One Stuiver
One Stuivers VOC copper dump coins from Dutch Mint in Jaffna in accordance with the Resolution of 1783 March 13th.
|Schloten 1332a; Mitchiner #2194; Krause #27|
Obverse : I (Jaffna) above VOC monogram. Value I S below.
Eeverse : Year 1792 above value in Tamil UY = 1/4 P (1/4 fanam)
Both sides within Rim of dotted and line circles.
VOC monogram of the Dutch East India Company has a large V superimposed on OC.
|KM27||S1327a||RRR||1783||I.S. Rev. between Tamil letters|
|KM27||S1327b||RRR||1783||as a. Rev. dotted rim|
|KM27||S1328||RRRR||1783||Similar, but <.:.> instead of I above monogram. Rev. as preceding, above o|
|KM27||S1329||RRR||1788||as No. 1327 but I S:, Rev. : before Tamil letters, which are interchanged|
|KM27||S1330a||RRR||1790||Similar with <.:>-<.:> and I | S Rev. A dot above each Tamil letter|
|KM27||S1330b||RRR||1790||. to I. above first Tamil letter|
|KM27||S1331||RRR||1791||with I:S, rev. as No. 1330b without dots|
|KM27||S1332a*||RRR||1792||with I:S Rim of dashes|
|KM27||S1332b||RRR||1792||I|S (I and S divided by a short upright stroke)|
|KM27||S1332c||RRR||1792||with I.S Monogram apparently between <.:.>-<.:.> (only... visible) Rev... below|
|KM27||S1332d||RRR||1792||as b Monogram between 2 groups of 5 dots. Rev. No dots|
These Stuivers were 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, minting was continued at Jaffna and, after 1789, at Trincomalee.
For centuries Tamil had been the vernacular of Jaffna, in the North of Ceylon, and this is the language used on the coins. On those of Galle the language is Sinhala.
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.
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.