Negapatnam - Duit
Duit copper coin issued by the Dutch Mint in Negapatnam for circulation in Lanka.
|Scholten #1245 ; Dutch India KM #26|
This coin is listed as rare in Scholten who states that a large number of die-varieties with narrow, tall or broad "body", high and round "shoulders". Codrinton points out that the obverse is somewhat similar to the Viraraya Fanam. Although they bore the name Negapatnam on the reverse they were intended principally for Lanka.
Scholten says a Negapatnam 1 cash = 1.3725 grams. If this is the case 3.432 grams or 1 Doit would be 2.5 Cash. Codrington refers to as 5 Cash, and so does Grogan which lists 3 lots (496-498) with weights 3.69,3.51 and 3.11 grams. Since dutch coins were usually made with weight proportional to value IMHO this coin is a 2.5 Cash.
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* 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 Extreamly Fine grade coin was scanned at 600 dpi and displayed at 400 dpi. It was purchased in 2004 November from a dealer in Colombo Fort, Lanka. Claimed to be from a hoard of 2800 found in a box hidden at a culvart in Buthala in south east Lanka. Another coroded coin found in Ruhuna from Mr A. Ratnayaka a collector in Katharagama, Lanka.