Paliakatet - VOC Five Cash
VOC Five Cash (half-Stiver) copper coin issued by the Dutch Mint in Paliakatet sometime after 1647 for circulation in Lanka until they were demonetized in 1674.
|Scholten 1219 ; Dutch India KM # 42|
Obverse : Value in Roman numerals V with the lower part between
the arms of the V, of the VOC monogram in
plain and beaded outer circles.|
Reverse : Arabic inscription in the name of Sultan Abdulla in 3 lines within in beaded circle.
The people in Lanka were forbidden by a Placard of 1674 Feb 14th to accept whole and half-stuivers having on ones side "Moors" letters and on the other the Company's VOC monogram surmounted by X and V. This coin is listed as very Rare (RR) in Scholten.
Text edited from
* Ceylon Coins and Currency By H. W. Codrington. Colombo 1924
PULICAT Chapter X Dutch Page 137
* The Coins of the Dutch Overseas Territories-1601-1948 by C. Scholten, 1953, Amsterdam:
Jacques Schulman. Chapter X PULICAT page 133.
I thank Jan Lingen who kindly sent me the 600 dpi scans of this rare VF coin from his collection. and are displayed at 300 dpi.