2019 Rix Dollar 1oz Silver Proof Coin


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‘The 2019 Empire Collection’
‘The story of the British Empire told through a collection of noteworthy coins’

The vast British Empire of the nineteenth century was built by an unprecedented period of international trade dominated by the British, which would ultimately reach all six inhabited continents.

The 2019 Rix Dollar 1oz Silver Proof Coin pays tribute to the Rix Dollar of Ceylon – the very first English coins shipped from England to the island to facilitate the growing tea and coffee trade. Each 1oz silver proof coin features the standing Elephant design as the original which was designed by English engraver, William Wyon.

One of just six 1oz Silver Proof coins available individually from the Silver Empire Collection 9 coin set. Strictly limited to just 500 coins worldwide.



The Rix Dollar – Ceylon’s first milled silver coin


The first silver money ever sent from England to Ceylon as current coin was that of rix-dollars of 1821. The formal transfer of Dutch rule to Britain of Ceylon – today known as Sri Lanka in 1802 – resulted from Napoleon’s invasion into the Dutch Republic in 1795. From then, Great Britain set forth to develop the island’s economy and increase trade to and from Europe. In its rich uplands coffee, tea and rubber was cultivated and by the mid 19th century Ceylon tea had become a staple commodity in Britain, bringing great wealth to a small class of white tea planters.

On October 19th, 1821, a Treasury Letter ordered a coinage for the island of Ceylon to consist of a dollar weighing five pennyweights, eighteen grains and two-thirds, the type being for the obverse the king’s head with the legend GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D., and for the reverse the figure of an elephant with an oak wreath and the words above CEYLON ONE RIX DOLLAR, and the date of the year.

The obverse was engraved by Pistrucci, and the reverse by William Wyon. According to Royal Mint records £30,000 worth of a silver coins were issued for Ceylon.

Coin Specifications
Metal: .999Ag
Quality: Proof
Weight: 1oz
Diameter: 38.6mm
Issuing Authority: St Helena
Denomination: 25 Pence
Product Issue Limit – 500 coins

Total Coin Mintage Limit – 1,500


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