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. This is the more rare variety with mirror-image of N.

SPECIFICATIONS
DenominationOne Kas
Alloy Copper
Type Cast ?
Diameter 11.5 mm
Thickness 1.8 mm
Weight Legal1.37 gms
Weight 1.24 gms
Shape Round
Edge Plain
Die Axis -60°
voc_negapatnam_1kas_cud_obverse voc_negapatnam_1kas_cud_reverse
Scholten 1241e ; Dutch India KM # 15.2
SPECIFICATIONS
DenominationOne Kas
Alloy Copper
Type Cast ?
Diameter 10.1/11.1 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Weight Legal1.37 gms
Weight 1.25 gms
Shape Ellipse
Edge Plain
Die Axis -150°
voc_negapatnam_1kas_cud_obverse voc_negapatnam_1kas_cud_reverse
Scholten 1241e ; Dutch India KM # 15.2
DenominationOne Kas
Alloy Copper ?
Type Cast ?
Diameter 13.7/11.5 mm
Thickness 1.7 mm
Weight Legal1.37 gms
Weight 1.25 gms
Shape Ellipse
Edge Plain
Die Axis 75°
voc_negapatnam_voc_1kas_pbd_obverse voc_negapatnam_voc_1kas_pbd_reverse
Scholten 1242a ; Dutch India KM # 14.2
Obverse : |/| (Negapatnam) above the VOC monogram within a 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 trident at the end of the left arm of the N is like in the coin illustrated in Krause for US$100 in Fine grade. The CO interchanged from usual on the top coin uses a round font but smaller and more elliptical co in the lower typical grade middle specimen. The reverse text on the top coin is in a oblate dotted ellipse and the middle coin in a prolate dotted ellipse.

The color of the lower coin seems to indicate it may have lead content, although it does show some copper-like toning in a region near the edge. It has small elongated oc but the hammer head on the end of the V was unique in the lot of over hundred coins looked at in the hoard.

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.