George VI - Five Cents
A definitive decimal Ceylon currency Five cent Nickel Brass coin. On 1941 November 4th, a Nickel-bronze Five cent coin of 3.888 grams was declared legal tender. It was amended on 1942 January 3rd to Nickel-brass, and on 1944 February 14th the weight was reduced to 3.24 grams leading to a thiner planchet.
Obverse : Crowned effigy of George VI to left in relief in the center of the legend GEORGE VI KING AND EMPEROR OF INDIA, along periphery.
Reverse : CEYLON above large central numeral 5 above CENTS and year below. Left Sinhala sather paha; Right Tamil 5 Satam.
|191||1943||NiBrass||12,752,000||1943||Calcutta & Bombay|
|192||1944||NiBrass||18,064,000||1944||Calcutta & Bombay|
|193||1945||NiBrass||10,072,000||1945||Calcutta & Bombay|
|193||1945||NiBrass||2,170,000||1959||Calcutta & Bombay|
Royal Mint Report for 1959 states that new Master tools for coinages
for Ceylon 5c were made to accord with sample pieces supplied.
For the obverse reduction-punces of the effigy were prepared from an existing intermediate model and the inscriptions were engraved by hand on the succeeding matrix.
For the Reverse the matrix was prepared from a working-punch from stock.
The 1945 Mint figure above from Royal Mint Reports match Sallay's records, Pridmore(1961) and Remick(1968) figure of 31,192,000. Robert Harris(1970) figure of 33,942,000 (excess 2.75M) for year 1945 is an error.
The Detailed breakdown above from Royal Mint Report and Sallay indicates that all of the 5 cents coins minted with frozen year 1945 continued to be restruck till 1962, long after Ceylon independence in 1948, and 10 years into the reign of Queen Elizabeth II !!!
1951 5 cents coin was only a proof and Not issued as currency for circulation, The first Lankan NCLT.
It is not so scarce since it has been restruck in India for collectors.
The coin was scaned at 300dpi and the images are displayed at 300dpi.