By Plakaat of 1795 December 18th Notice was given to issue Paper Money of the denominations 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10 Rix-Dollars. The proclamation rehearses that owing to the threatened investment of Colombo by the British doubts had arisen among the populace about the ability of the Government to redeem the Kredit Brieven and reassures them on this issue.
As the Kredit Brieven was for large payments, the Kas Nooten (currency notes) were issued for the convenience of the public, redeemable in the same way, but not endorsed.
Front: Within an ornamented rectangular frame, Circular hand stamps of the
Companies Monogram surmounted with a C in upper left and lower right corners and
the Arms of Colombo in upper right and lower left corners.
At center large Numeral value intersecting legend
Goed voor ... Ryxds in Dutch,
පතාග ... හොදයි. in Sinhala
and இறையால ...ககு நல்லது in Thamil.
The signatu res of the Hoofd Administrateur (Chief Administrator) Christiaan van Angelbeek above
and the Negotie Boekhouder (Negotiating Bookkeeper) Abraham Samlent below.|
Back: KOLUMBO den I. JANUARY 1796 printed centered on top.
. Below which hand written in English the three digit serial Number in words (erased) above text Bearing Interest 3 pCent for Annum Below Black rectangular Seal with Arab's text in middle of Signature Geo ⬛ Gregory over Reg?
Note that all of "dot"s above the Thamil characters are missing from the crudely printed Thamil Text.
In 1924 H. W. Codrington in his monograph Ceylon Coins and Currency describes the two Ryxds note in the Colombo Museum. Description does not include the Endorsement in English and the Signature at the back which was probably put by the British under Article 6 of the Capitulation of Colombo, after they accepted the liability for up to £50,000 of Kredit Brieven and Kas Nooten still in Circulation and pay interest at 3% per Annam, payable half yearly.
In 1938 B. W. Fernando in his book Ceylon Currency British Period
1796-1936, published image of Colombo Museum 1 Rxyd specimen with
Serial Number One Hundred & Seventy Seven
. In 1958 H. L. Caldera in his Sinhala Booklet Coins and Currency of Ceylon published by Colombo National Museum showed image of Colombo Museum 5 Ryxds specimen.
* Ceylon Coins and Currency By H. W. Codrington. Colombo 1924
Chapter X Dutch - Page 124, 144
Note. The serial Number in words of these Kas Nooten have been erased, holes filled and images cropped to a fixed size to make them generic. The Digital 2 Ryxds dollar note image was created using PhotoShop of 3 Ryxds to match description by HWC. Image at 300 dpi displayed at 50 dpi.
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