The Dutch took Negapatnam, a port city in south-east India, from the Portuguese in 1658. It served as the capital of the Dutch East India Companies operations in southeast India from 1690 until it was conquered by the British in 1784. In 1695 the Dutch mint in Negapatnam struck these crude, undated, copper Duits for use in southeast India and Ceylon. One side has a crude depiction of the Goddess Kali, the Goddess of death, destruction and disease. The other side has the name of the city in Tamil. The coin is about 13mm to 14mm in diameter.