1815 - Ceylon - REPLICA

One Stiver

A modern replica of a One Stiver copper coin struck at the Royal Mint for circulation in Ceylon.

DenominationOne Stiver
Diam Legal28. mm
Diam Replica28.3 mm
Thickness1.8 mm
Weight Legal9.07 gms
Weight mean7.56 gms
Weight7.16 gms
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Pridmore #91; Mitchiner #2222; Krause #81

Obverse : Laur and draped bust to right. Around margin GEORGIUS III D:G : BRITANNIARUM REX
Reverse : Within plain rim an elephant facing left and above, CEYLON around rim; ONE STIVER in a single line; and below 1815.

A lot of 10 replica had a mean weight of 7.56 grams with a rms standard deviation of 1.04 grams with a minimum weight of 6.50 grams and a max weight of 9.96 grams. That is about 17% lighter on average than correct weight, with a large rms dispersion of 14%. Few replica were larger than expected weight. The diameter is 1% larger than the Genuine coin.

These cast replica can be identified by the soft nature of the design and typical surface bubbles from cast.

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

The coin 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.