1793 - Dutch - Ceilon - VOC

Lead - One Duit

VOC Lead Bazarucos of Doit from Dutch Mint of Colombo of second type issued first in 1792 under Resolution of 1792 March 3 as older type was demonetized because of forgery.

DenominationOne Doit
Diameter19.6 mm
Thickness2.5 mm
Weight Legal6.175 gms
Weight5.97 gms
1793_voc_c_1duit_pb-dump_obverse 1793_voc_c_1duit_pb-dump_reverse
Codrington PL136; Schloten 1318; Mitchiner #2192; Krause #33.2

Obverse : VOC monogram of the Company surmounted by C in dotted rim. Counter-stamped above with T over and to left of the C
Just above-right of the O. It is stumpy T Reverse : I above DUIT, below the year 1793

KM33.2S1316 I / DUIT / 1792 Dotted rim RR
KM33.2S1317 with . I . and . DUIT . counterstamp T 1792 RR
KM33.2S1318 counterstamped T 1793 RRR

In 1791 we hear of complaints about false Bazarucos which for the layman were indistinguishable from the genuine. All of the lead Doits were therefore demonetized on 1791 December 29th and no longer allowed to circulate. However it was decided by Resolution of 1792 March 3rd to strike lead Doits of the same weight, but with a new die and to use the metal of the recalled Doits. There were 15,879 11/32 Troy pounds (494.0942 grams) of them on hand from which 1,270,000 pieces could be struck.

The lead Duit of this year is listed as extreamly rare (RRR) in Scholten. In the older coins of 1789-1791 the value was written as DT rather than DUIT.

Text from
* Ceylon Coins and Currency By H. W. Codrington. Colombo 1924
  Page 134 Chapter X Dutch - Coins of the Eastern Mints. Plate 136.
* 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#959 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.