Ceylon 1802 1/96 rixdollar
This specimen was lot 32744 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $423. The catalog description noted, "British Colony Proof 1/96 Rixdollar 1802 PR63 Brown NGC. Copper issue. Sharply struck with a strong depiction of the elephant. Seldom offered in Proof." This 1/96 rixdollar piece was machine struck in England for Ceylon. This mix of stivers and rixdollars was inherited by the British from the Dutch, who occupied the island until 1796. Decimal coinage was instituted in 1870. Ceylon attained her independence in 1948 after the British left India and is now known as Sri Lanka.
Recorded mintage: 1,000,000 plus proofs.
Catalog reference: KM 74.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3042, featuring the Read and Bob Bennett Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.