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Offline gsrctr

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Dutch Gold Pagoda with a S
« on: August 25, 2018, 02:54:26 AM »
I recently came across this dutch pagoda, with a S mark on the right side of the deity on the obverse. Otherwise the coin looks just as any other dutch pagodas. I have never seen this mark before - is it a mint mark? Any ideas?

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Re: Dutch Gold Pagoda with a S
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2018, 06:49:55 AM »
In 1781, the perfidious English got hold of the Negapatnam (Nagapattinam) mint. They used the opportunity to strike low gold content pagodas. I have not seen these coins (Friedberg has a hazy picture only), but presume that they look like their Dutch predecessors. The master of the mint was a captain Scott. The S may refer to him.

Then again, it may just be an embellishment, jewel or attribute added by a local die sinker.

Peter
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Re: Dutch Gold Pagoda with a S
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2018, 04:28:06 AM »
I recently acquired Paul Stevens book on the "Coins of the English East India Company". He has pictures of Scott or Iskat pagoda (below), but it has no "S". 

You may be right about that it might be something added by the die sinker.