1809 - Ceylon

96 Stiver - Two Rix-dollar

Ninety Six Stiver silver coin struck in Ceylon for circulation by authority dated 1808 February 17th which reduced the fineness standard of the silver coins to 833.33.

Denomination96 Stiver
Diameter23.0 mm
Thickness4.1 mm
Weight Legal18.14 gms
Weight17.57 gms
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Pridmore #3; Mitchiner #2201; Krause #78

Obverse : Within a circle of dashes an elephant facing left with the year 1809 below a ground line.
Reverse : Within a circle of dashes CEYLONGOVERNMENT preceded by a group of seven dots. The value in Stivers at center 96 ST within a bead circle. No lines below the T.

R. Nott reports 2 varieties for 1809 (P#2-3), i.e. Seven dots with two, and no lines below T.

The small dot in the center of reverse between the 9 and 6 like the 1808 96 Stiver coin from the Wriggins collection.

The coin shown on this page is from Jan Lingen who explains the dot ``When cutting the dies often a centre point is used for marking the circular legend and outer borders. Once the punches for the values are added the centre point usually disappears while on some other varieties the centre point is very clear (like on the 1808) and sometimes just visible against the side of the 6 (on my 1809 coin).
In my opinion all the coins were initially designed with the use of a centre point, but by filling in the design this point disappeared. Moreover I have also a 24st 1808 that shows this centre point.''

I thank Jan Lingen who kindly sent me a 300dpi scan of this VF coin from his collection in reply to a question I asked on southAsia-coins Egroup.