Ceylonese rixdollar

The rixdollar was the currency of British Ceylon until 1828. It was subdivided into 48 stivers, each of 4 duit. Units called the fanam and larin were also used, worth 4 and 9½ stiver, respectively. The currency derived from the Dutch rijksdaalder and stuiver, although the rijksdaalder was worth 50 stuiver. The rixdollar was replaced by the British pound at a rate of 1 rixdollar = 1 shilling 6 pence.

Copper 4-stiver coin, 1803


The Netherlands United East India Company (VOC) issued coins during the 18th century in denominations of ​18 and 1 duit, ​14, 1, 2 and ​4 34 stuiver and 1 rixdollar.

After the British took over Ceylon, dump coins (crudely struck copper pieces) were introduced in 1801 in denominations of ​148, ​124 and ​112 rixdollar. In 1802, milled, copper coins for ​1192, ​196 and ​148 rixdollar were added, although the dump coins continued to be produced until 1816. Silver coins were introduced in 1803 for 24, 48 and 96 stivers.

In 1815, copper ​12, 1 and 2 stuiver coins were issued, equal in value to the ​196, ​148 and ​124 rixdollar denominations. Silver rixdollar coins were issued in 1821.


The Government of Ceylon issued notes denominated in rixdollars, including 5 rixdollar notes in 1809 and 2 rixdollars in 1826.



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