1805 - Ceylon

48 Stiver - One Rix-dollar

Forty Eight Stiver silver coin struck in Ceylon for circulation by authority dated 1803 June, 8th with fineness 891.66 and weight 100 to the pound avoirdupois.

Denomination48 Stiver
Diameter17.5 mm
Thickness mm
Weight Legal9.05 gms
Weight8.84 gms
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Pridmore #9; Mitchiner #2202; Krause #77

Obverse : Within a circle of dashes an elephant facing left with a perspective ground. The year 1805 below a line.
Reverse : Within a circle of dashes CEYLON.GOVERNMENT preceded by a group of four dots. The value in Stivers 48 ST at center within a bead circle. Two lines below the T.

This Elephant with the end of it's trunk stretched slightly forward is similer to the 1804 illustrated in Mitchiner. R. Nott reports single variety among (2) rare 1805 coins the he has from the Lowsley collection. Pridmore Lists 2 varieties 1805 (P#8-9) i.e. with and without dot between CEYLON.GOVERNMENT.

I thank Jan Lingen who kindly sent me a 600dpi scan of this VF coin from his collection. The images are displayed at 300dpi.