1647 - 1674 - Dutch India

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.

DenominationFive Cash
Alloy Copper
Type Struck
Diameter 17.5 mm
Thickness __._ mm
Weight Legal8.25 gms
Weight 8.29 gms
Shape Round
Edge Plain
Die Axis ___°
Mint Paliakatet
pulicat_V_kas_cud_obverse pulicat_V_kas_cud_reverse
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.

Paliakatet_legend Benam



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.