1783 - 1793 - Ceilon

Jaffna VOC - One Stuiver

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

DenominationOne Stuiver
Diameter18. mm
Thickness mm
Weight Legal13.35 gms
Weight14.2 gms
1792_voc_j_1st_cud_obverse 1792_voc_j_1st_cud_reverse
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.

KM27S1327a RRR1783 I.S. Rev. between Tamil letters
KM27S1327b RRR1783 as a. Rev. dotted rim
KM27S1328 RRRR1783 Similar, but <.:.> instead of I above monogram. Rev. as preceding, above o
KM27S1329 RRR1788 as No. 1327 but I S:, Rev. : before Tamil letters, which are interchanged
KM27S1330a RRR1790 Similar with <.:>-<.:> and I | S Rev. A dot above each Tamil letter
KM27S1330b RRR1790 . to I. above first Tamil letter
KM27S1331 RRR1791 with I:S, rev. as No. 1330b without dots
KM27S1332a* RRR1792 with I:S Rim of dashes
KM27S1332b RRR1792 I|S (I and S divided by a short upright stroke)
KM27S1332c RRR1792 with I.S Monogram apparently between <.:.>-<.:.> (only... visible) Rev... below
KM27S1332d RRR1792 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.

Edited from
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.