1802 - Ceylon - Cast REPLICA

1/48 Rix-dollar - One Stiver

A modern replica of a One Stiver copper coin struck in England for circulation in Ceylon.

DenominationOne Stiver
Diam Legal30.5 mm
Diam Replica30.2 mm
Thickness1.75 mm
Weight legal10.08 gms
Weight mean 8.21 gms
Weight this 9.90 gms
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Pridmore #83; Mitchiner #2218; Krause #75

Obverse : Within a circle of annulets between two plain circles an elephant facing left and year 1802 below.
Reverse : Within a circle of annulets between two plain circles; CEYLON.GOVERNMENT divided at top by cinquefoil (*). 48 the fractional value to the Rix-dollar at center within a cord circle.

A lot of 20 replica had a mean weight of 8.21 grams with a rms standard deviation of 0.89 grams with a minimum weight of 6.87 grams and a max weight of 9.90 grams. That is about 20% lighter on average than correct weight, with a large rms dispersion of 11%. Some replica may be close to expected weight. The diameter is 1% smaller than the Genuine coin.

These cast replica can be identified by the soft nature of the design and typical surface bubbles from cast. The 48 seems to have been redrawn and has a thicker left slant and horizontal in the digit 4 and a thicker top and bottom in the digit 8

I have seen then Frequently sold on eBay as Genuine since around 2007, and have reported them.

The replica was scanned at 600dpi and the images are displayed at 200dpi.
It was obtained from a known dealer in Lanka, who brought a lot of them to me for evaluation in 2011 June.