Pattern Coins

 

 

CEYLON Colonial. British. George III. 1760-1820. Proof Pattern

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CEYLON (SRI LANKA), Colonial. British. George III. 1760-1820. Proof Pattern AR Rixdollar (26mm, 5.59 g, 6h). London mint. Dies by Thomas Wyon Jr. Dated 1812. KM Pn3; Pr. 254. In NGC encapsulation graded Proof 66 WINGS APPROVED. Gem toned proof over iridescent violet and blue surfaces. Struck without a collar. Finest known specimen. This absolute wonder coin is by far the rarest pattern of Ceylon with only four or five known.

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CEYLON (SRI LANKA), Colonial. British. George III. 1760-1820. Proof Pattern AR 2 Rixdollars (34mm, 11.56 g, 6h). London mint. Dies by Thomas Wyon Jr. Dated 1812. KM Pn4; Pr. 252. In NGC encapsulation graded Proof 66 WINGS APPROVED. Gem toned proof over iridescent blue and violet surfaces.

 

CEYLON George III Pattern for United East India Company.

image00081CEYLON (SRI LANKA), Colonial. British. George III. 1760-1820. Proof Pattern Æ 1/48 Rupee (31mm, 13.86 g, 6h). Pattern for United East India Company. Soho (Birmingham) mint. Dated 1794. KM Pn1; Cr 21; Pridmore 259. In NGC encapsulation graded Proof 64. A superb gem coin toned on the high points and more red toward the center. About 60% red.

CEYLON (SRI LANKA), Colonial. British. George III. 1760-1820. Proof

image00096CEYLON (SRI LANKA), Colonial. British. George III. 1760-1820. Proof Gilt CU 1/48 Rixdollar (30mm, 9.76 g, 6h). Milled coinage. Soho (Birmingham) mint. Dated 1802. KM 75 image00095CEYLON (SRI LANKA), Colonial. British. George III. 1760-1820. Proof CU 1/48 Rixdollar (30mm, 9.98 g, 6h). Milled coinage. Soho (Birmingham) mint. Dated 1802. KM 75
image00093CEYLON (SRI LANKA), Colonial. British. George III. 1760-1820. Proof Gilt CU 1/96 Rixdollar (24mm, 4.74 g, 6h). Milled coinage. Soho (Birmingham) mint. Dated 1802. KM 74 image00094CEYLON (SRI LANKA), Colonial. British. George III. 1760-1820. Proof CU 1/96 Rixdollar (23mm, 4.8 g, 6h). Milled coinage. Soho (Birmingham) mint. Dated 1802. KM 74
image00091CEYLON (SRI LANKA), Colonial. British. George III. 1760-1820. Proof Gilt CU 1/192 Rixdollar (19mm, 2.47 g, 6h). Milled coinage. Soho (Birmingham) mint. Dated 1802. KM 73l image00092CEYLON (SRI LANKA), Colonial. British. George III. 1760-1820. Proof CU 1/192 Rixdollar (19mm, 2.38 g, 6h). Milled coinage. Soho (Birmingham) mint. Dated 1802. KM 73

 

Ceylon rixdollar patterns

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What’s the difference between a fake coin from Ceylon and a real example in a different denomination?

When you’re considering the rixdollar series from Ceylon (Sri Lanka), the answer translates to “a lot of money.”

An example of each are highlights of the Richard Lissner Collection, being sold Aug. 1 and 2 in Chicago.

Legitimate examples of the 1- and 2- rixdollar patterns, commissioned by Ceylon in 1812 and struck from dies made by Thomas Wyon Jr. at the Royal Mint in London, do exist. However, a gold 4-rixdollar piece was unknown until an example surfaced in 1972 in the offices of dealer Abe Kosoff.  According to an article by Kosoff in Coin World (May 17, 1972, issue), Henry Grunthal, then curator of European and modern coins at the American Numismatic Society, considered the piece authentic, calling it the Ceylonese “Stella,” a reference to an American gold $4 pattern.

Less, than a month later, however, Coin World reported (June 7 issue) that the gold 4-rixdollar pattern was a modern fantasy of which 75 pieces in a variety of metals were reportedly produced.

Although the manufacturer of this coin was unknown at the time, it was later discovered that it was produced by the coin dealer and author, Frank A. Lapa.

Ten examples of the 1812 4-rixdollar”pattern”  in the unspecified, brassy metal were reportedly made.

The piece in the auction is not encapsulated; the auctioneers grade this fantasy as Extremely Fine and it is sold “as is, no returns.”

The opening bid of $400 has been secured.

A real example of the silver 2-rixdollar coin, graded Proof 66 and WINGS approved (the firm reviews certified world coins), has an estimate of $15,000. The coin exhibits toning over “iridiscent bue and violet surfaces.”

 

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CEYLON (SRI LANKA), Colonial. British. George III. 1760-1820. Proof Pattern

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CEYLON (SRI LANKA), Colonial. British. George III. 1760-1820. Proof Pattern AR Rixdollar (28mm, 9.63 g, 6h). London mint. Dated 1815. KM Pn7; Cr 35; P 81. In NGC encapsulation graded Proof Details. Lightly polished proof, still quite beautiful. Although this coin is polished, it is an extremely rare pattern and very attractive. Only one this cataloguer has seen.

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CEYLON (SRI LANKA), Colonial. British. George VI 1951 Proof

1951(112.1) NI-Brass 5 Cents (18mm, 3.25 g, 12h). London mint. Dated 1951. KM 120; Y 35. In NGC encapsulation graded Proof 63 Restrike WINGS APPROVED. Superb gem proof. Only two of these have been graded and much scarcer than the catalogue price suggests.