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Encyclopedia > Ceylonese rixdollar

The rixdollar was the currency of Ceylon until 1828. It was subdivided into 48 stivers. 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. The stuiver was a coin used in the Netherlands until the Napoleonic Wars. ... For details of notes and coins, see British coinage and British banknotes. ... The shilling (or informally: bob) was a British coin first issued in 1548 for Henry VIII, although arguably the testoon issued about 1487 for Henry VII was the first shilling. ... A variety of coins considered to be lower-value, including an Irish 2p piece and many US pennies. ...


 
 

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