Negapatnam - Two Stiver
Two Stiver thick copper dump issued by the Dutch Mint in Negapatnam for circulation in Lanka. Codrington refers to as Fifty Cash.
|Scholten #1243 ; Dutch India KM #29 ; Mitchiner 1606|
This coin is listed as extreamly rare in Scholten who states that a large number of die-varieties with narrow, tall or broad "body", high and round "sholders". Codrinton points out that the obverse is somewhat similer to the Viraraya Fanam. Although they bore the name Negapatnam on the reverse they were intended principally for Lanka.
Scholten computes 3.432 grams per doit, and 54.864 grams for two Stiver. Mitchiner gives 56. grams for Grogan Auction lot 494.
|This dump at 13 mm is the thickest coin I have seen. The
edge of the dump shown on right has about a dozen flat surfaces of
varied width. Almost as if it has been chisled down to the required
The Duit of same series was imaged on side of edge to highlight the great thickness of this coin.
Text edited from
* Ceylon Coins and Currency By H. W. Codrington. Colombo 1924
NEGAPATNAM Chapter X Dutch Page 138
The Coins of the Dutch Overseas Territories- 1601-1948 by C. Scholten, 1953,
Amsterdam: Jacques Schulman. Chapter X NEGAPATNAM page 138.
This Fine grade coin was scanned at 400 dpi and displayed at 250 dpi. It was obtained in 2002 May from collector in Pittsburgh. It was originally from the Scaife collection as per his collector note dated 1959