World of Coins

Modern Asian coins, pseudo coins and trade tokens => Indian subcontinent: Mughal, Princely states and colonial (1526-1947) => Other European Influences => Topic started by: Figleaf on August 10, 2009, 01:49:17 PM

Title: S & T Immodest coin
Post by: Figleaf on August 10, 2009, 01:49:17 PM
This coin is huge. As in humongous. As in 54.5 grams and 28-29.5 mm. It is about 11 mm thick. It is easily the heaviest Dutch colonial coin I have. No wonder, if you realize that in the homeland, this denomination (and the one below it) would be struck in silver. You wonder how many people were willing to carry. It's a 2 stuivers struck at Negapatnam, KM 29, Scholten 1243 (var). Obverse Kali, reverse NAKAPATTANAM in Tamil.

The die maker had plenty of place for the whole design and indeed, the text is complete and most of the pearl border is visible, proving that the coin was struck well centered. Yet the Kali still seems to drop off the edge. Maybe coins with the whole design on them didn't look "real". The details are sharp and evenly struck. The man who struck this coin must have been a towering brute with biceps the size of my arm.

Peter
Title: Re: S & T Immodest coin
Post by: Rangnath on August 11, 2009, 05:40:32 AM
Peter, this is amazing!!!! 11 mm thick and 54.5 grams! I'd love to have a pocket full of such change, just not if I'm traveling in open water.
I'm posting the following for a better look. Hope you don't mind.
richie