1642 - 1649 - Portuguese Ceilão

Silver - Double Tanga - D S

The silver Double Tanga with Coat of arms of Portugal and Tanga Asia (TA) monogram struck in Goa from 1642-1649 for circulation in Ceilão, also known as De Seylão D S, during the reign of D. João IV (1640-1656).

SPECIFICATIONS
DenominationTwo Tanga
AlloySilver
TypeStruck
Diameter20. mm
Thickness_._ mm
Weight legal4.38 gms
Weight4.16 gms
ShapeRound
EdgeSmooth
DieAxis_____°
MintGoa,India
2_tanga_1644_obverse 2_tanga_1644_reverse
Gomes J4:20.3 ; KM #14

SPECIFICATIONS
DenominationTwo Tanga
AlloySilver
TypeStruck
Diameter21. mm
Thickness_._ mm
Weight legal4.38 gms
Weight4.30 gms
ShapeRound
EdgeSmooth
DieAxis_____°
MintGoa,India
2_tanga_1649_obverse 2_tanga_1649_reverse
Gomes J4:20.04 ; KM #14

Obverse : Crowned Coat of arms of Portugal divides G A (Goa) within line-dotted-line circles
Reverse : TA (Tanga Asia) monogram divides D S (De Seylão) with year I644 and I649 below in upper and lower specimen. Within line-dotted-line circles.

Codrington (VIII-21:II,p.100) lists it among silver coins struck in or for Ceylon as the second series of the Malacca type struck in 1642, 1643 1644 and 1649, comparing with the Tanga Asia with D M (De Malacca).

In Grogan section on Ceylon the double Tanga is illustrated
(1323) of 1643 -- 20/21 mm ; 4.46 grams.

Text from
* Ceylon Coins and Currency By H. W. Codrington. Colombo 1924
  Chapter VIII Portuguese - Plate xxx. Page xxx
* The Coins of the Dutch Overseas Territories- 1601-1948
  C. Scholten, 1953, Amsterdam: Jacques Schulman. page xxx-xxx
* Moedas Portuguesas 1128-1988, by Alberto Gomes. Lisbon 1987
* Collection Henry Thomas Grogan, J. Schulman, Auction 23-02-1914.
* Non-Islamic and Western Colonies since 600 AD by by Michael Mitchiner.

I thank Jan Lingen who kindly sent me the 300 dpi scans of these rare coin from his collection and are displayed at xxx dpi.