1619 - 1630 - Portuguese Ceilão

Silver - Tanga - S L

The silver Tanga, with Coat of arms of Portugal and Gridiron of Saint Laurence with S L were struck in Colombo, fort São Lourenço for circulation in Ceilão, undated during the reign of D. Filippe III (1621-1640).

SPECIFICATIONS
DenominationTanga
AlloySilver
TypeStruck
Diameter16.5 mm
Thickness_._ mm
Weight mean2.44 gms
Weight2.37 gms
ShapeRound
EdgeSmooth
DieAxis_____°
MintColombo
F3_14.01_obverse F3_14.01_reverse
Gomes F3:14.01 ; KM #9.1

SPECIFICATIONS
DenominationTanga
AlloySilver
TypeStruck
Diameter16. mm
Thickness_._ mm
Weight mean2.44 gms
Weight2.43 gms
ShapeRound
EdgeSmooth
DieAxis_____°
MintColombo
F3_14.01_obverse F3_14.01_reverse
Gomes F3:14.01 ; ONS.NL 152 ; KM #9.1 var
Obverse : Crowned Coat of arms of Portugal within line-dotted-line circles
Reverse : Gridiron of Saint Laurence divides S L (São Lourenço) and flames below, within dotted-line-dotted circles. On line circle 4 dots crosswise to crosswise on top-right-bottom-left.
The L on right is not seen in the lower specimen.

The emblem of Saint Laurence is the gridiron with the flames below on which he was martyr in 258 AD.

These are varieties of Codrington (VIII-22d,p.100) and are not listed by him among undated silver coins of rough execution.
Weight range given in Gomes for this issue is 2.16-3.20 grams. Ferraro Vaz (Indo Portuguese Money, Braga 1980) shows two examples, one 2.39 grams and the other 2.23 grams.
For the undated Ceylon Tangas Codrington (VIII-23:p.102) gives a range of weight from 2.08 to 2.60 grams with a mean of 2.29 grams stating that the standard was probably as high as 2.60 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.