Galle CounterMark - Silver double Tanga
The Galle City Countermark on the Indo-Portuguese double Tanga of 1644 with Coat of arms of Portugal and Tanga Asia TA monogram dividing D S authorized it to continue circulation in Dutch Ceilon after 1655 as 10 Stuivers
|Mitchiner #2144,2145 ; Scholten 1265 ; KM #55|
In accordance to a resolution of the Galle Council dated 1655 April 19th, Indo-Portuguese coins current at rate of 10, 6, and 5 stuivers were countermarked with a round stamp representing a monogram composed of letters GALL after they were tested by competent goldsmiths and declared genuine. A large number of counterfeits were in circulation at the time. Codrington (IX:5,p.109) states the double tanga was 10 Stuivers and the 6 Stuivers seems to be the heavier Malacca Type.
Illustrated in Mitchiner (2144) 164x, and (2145) of
Catalog of the Colombo Museum No 86 -- 4.22 grams.
Illustrated in Scholten (1265) who lists it as extremely rare (RRR).
* 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.