1700 - 1784 - Dutch India

Negapatnam - VOC One Kas

VOC one Kas copper coin issued by the Dutch Mint in Negapatnam. and are found in Lanka.

SPECIFICATIONS
DenominationOne Kas
Alloy Copper
Type Cast ?
Diameter 12. mm
Thickness 1.6 mm
Weight Legal1.37 gms
Weight 1.05 gms
Shape Round
Edge Plain
Die Axis
voc_negapatnam_1kas_cud_obverse voc_negapatnam_1kas_cud_reverse
Scholten 1241b ; Dutch India KM # 15.1 ; Mitchiner # 1614
DenominationOne Kas
Alloy Copper
Type Cast ?
Diameter 12.5 mm
Thickness 1.5 mm
Weight Legal1.37 gms
Weight 1.27 gms
Shape ellipse
Edge Plain
Die Axis -60°
voc_negapatnam_1kas_cud_obverse voc_negapatnam_1kas_cud_reverse
Scholten 1241a ; Dutch India KM # 15.1 ; Mitchiner # 1614
DenominationOne Kas
Alloy Copper ?
Type Cast ?
Diameter 12. mm
Thickness 1.7 mm
Weight Legal1.37 gms
Weight 1.27 gms
Shape Round
Edge Plain
Die Axis -90°
voc_negapatnam_voc_1kas_pbd_obverse voc_negapatnam_voc_1kas_pbd_reverse
Scholten 1242b ; Dutch India KM # 14.1
Obverse : N (Negapatnam) above the VOC monogram with the base merged to top of the OC, in beaded circle.
Reverse : Thamil legend NAKa /PaDDa / NaM in three lines enclosed in a dotted circle or ellipse.

The two upper copper coins show major differences in the format of the coins. The obverse text on the top coin is in a oblate ellipse and the middle coin in a prolate ellipse..
The color of the bottom coin seems to indicate it maybe have some lead content although it does also show copper-like toning.

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 141.

The coin was scanned at 600 dpi and displayed at 450 dpi. It was obtained in 2002 March from a dealer in US who kindly allowed me to select varieties from part of a hoard of coins from South India.