1942 - Ceylon

George VI

A definitive decimal currency 50 cent silver coin. Demonetized by proclamation of Governor dated 1942 July 30th with effect from 1942 September 30th.

Denomination50 cents
Diameter24.0 mm
Thickness mm
Weight5.832 gms
George~V_50c_obverse George~V_50c_reverse
KM #114

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.

Reverse : A Talipot palm in the center dividing the numerals 5 0 . Left Tamil 50 Satam; Right Sinhala sather panarhar. Above CEYLON Below CENTS and year.

Initials of designer P M have been omitted by the Calcutta die sinkers.

Pridmore Year Alloy Issue Coined Mint
123 1942 Ag 550. 662,090 1942 Calcutta
124 1943 Ni-Brass 6 known Proof only

The Mintage as in Royal Mint Report of 1942.

The coin was scaned at 300dpi and the images are displayed at 250dpi.

The 1943 proof in Nickel Brass of this old design was not issued for currency. It has Pridmore Type 1 (no vertical lines between dots) Security edge.
Remick catalog says 6 copies known of this Fifty cents proof only issue.
The Dick Ford collection (in Taisei-Baldwin-Gillio Auctions #19 Ceylon 1995 February 23. Singapore lot#237) sold for hammer price of US$650/-.(+10% buyers premium).