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Registered: August 2005
Location: Arizona USA
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Sumatra, English United East India Company; 3 Kepings, 1787. OB: VEIC balemark and date; Rx: Jawi legend.
This coin is representative of the first copper issues of the famous coiner Matthew Boulton. This is a business strike as opposed to the proof issues often stuck again later as examples of his companys' work.
Famous for his Industrial Revolution products for various copper mining concerns and later the Royal Mint, M. Boulton began his career as a minter with this issue for East India Company at Bencoolen on the island of Sumatra. A degree of industrialization was used to manufacture these pieces. Mr. Boulton operated a water-powered rolling mill and blanking machine at Soho England. While his technique was pre-industrial it did add to the technology then in practice. Boulton was innovative in coin edge technology with this coin offering a security edge in an oblique milled edge pattern that prevented undetected clipping and filing.
The actual coining took place in London on hand operated presses supplied by the E.I.C. This first order began production in late October 1786 but was not delivered until May 1787. He recieved a second contract and those were dated 1787. These issues consisted of 1, 2, & 3 Kepings of 3.24, 6.48, and 9.72 grams of copper respectively. The largest issue was the 3 Keping of the 18 tons of copper struck for 1786. The second issue of 30 tons was heavy on the smaller coins with an estimate of only 526,400 of the 3 Keping being struck for the 1787 contract, the lowest of the 3 denominations over the two dates.
Search for other references to Boulton and Soho in this Museum for a history of coinage bringing essential progesss to the Industrial Revolution. This coin represents the very beginning of the Revolution which has brought us vast improvements in living standards throughout 19th and 20th Centuries.
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Keywords: Sumatra, Indonesia, East India Co., Boulton
Denomination: 3 Keping
Reference #: KM 259.1
Date/Mintmark: 1787 (AH1202)
Condition: XF
Weight: 9.96gm; ~ 27.4 mm
Metal: copper

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BCNumismatics

Registered: March 2009
Location: Wellington,Dominion of New Zealand.
Posts: 64
March 31, 2009 1:27am

This is a very nice 3 Kepings from British Sumatra that you've got here.


Aidan.
Moneta

Registered: August 2005
Location: Arizona USA
Posts: 2,011
March 31, 2009 10:40pm

I am seeking any denomination of Keping from the 1st contract of 1786 - can anyone out there help?
BCNumismatics

Registered: March 2009
Location: Wellington,Dominion of New Zealand.
Posts: 64
March 31, 2009 10:47pm

James,
That series from British Sumatra is quite scarce.Perhaps a dealer in either Malaysia or Singapore could help you there.


Aidan.


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