1941 - Ceylon

George VI

A definitive decimal currency Ten cent silver coin. Demonetized by proclamation of Governor dated 1942 December 3rd with effect from 1943 February 28th.

DenominationTen cents
Diameter15.5 mm
Thickness1.0 mm
Weight1.166 gms
George~VI+_10c_obverse George~VI+_10c_reverse
KM #112

Obverse : Crowned bust of George VI to left in relief in the center of the legend GEORGE VI KING AND EMPEROR OF INDIA, along periphery. Initials of designer P M in relief below the truncation.

Reverse : A Talipot palm in the center dividing the numerals 1 0 . Left Tamil 10 Satam; Right Sinhala sather dhahayer, along periphery. Above CEYLON Below CENTS and year.

Pridmore Year Alloy Issue Coined Mint
176 1941 Ag 550. 3,823,000 1941 Calcutta

Pridmore lists mintage of 16,271,000, saying figure includes coins struck in 1942. However the 1942 Royal Mint reports NO 10 cent coins.
However the Royal Mint report lists 12,448,000 5 cents coins with currency value of Rs 622,400/- just under the 50 cents Silver without indicating the change in Metal. Since there is no 5 cents Silver, I assume Pridmore considered that as a Typo and corrected it to Ten-cents of which the coin was silver in 1941. However in this case the Total currency value will need to be wrong as well. There was also a 1942 5 cents the mintage which was then assumed to have been included with 1943!! So unless there is independent evidence (like from Royal Mint) to confirm this is a typo of denominations, then Pridmore is in error. That mintage was copied by Harris, Remick, Krause, and so on. Have mintage numbers have been hand copied from one source to another over the years, propergating typographic errors :-)
What needs to be adopted as the primary reference for the most reliable information.

When this coin was demonetized a token was issued by General Post Office (G.P.O.) to operate phone Booths.

The coin was scaned at 300dpi and the images are displayed at 300dpi.