1943 - Ceylon

George VI - Fifty Cents

A definitive decimal Ceylon currency Fifty cent Nickel Brass coin. made legal tender on 1943 November 25th. The metal Copper 79%; Zinc 20%; Nickel 1%.

Denomination50 cents
Diameter24.0 mm
Thickness mm
Weight5.508 gms
EdgeSecurity edge
George~VI_50c_obverse George~VI_50c_reverse
KM #116

Obverse : Crowned effigy of George VI to left in low relief in the center of the legend GEORGE VI KING AND EMPEROR OF INDIA, along periphery.

Reverse : large numeral 50 below which CENTS; Sinhala sather panarhar; and Tamil 50 Satam on consecutive lines with a palm frond on ether side and at bottom CEYLON . A crown above dividing the numerals of year 19 43.

Pridmore Year Alloy Issue Coined Mint
125 1943 NiBrass 6,000,004 1943 Calcutta and Bombay
125 1943 NiBrass 2,600,000 1945 Calcutta and Bombay
125 1943 NiBrass 4,000,000 1951 Calcutta and Bombay

This coin with frozen year 1943 was restruck in 1951, few years after Ceylon independence in 1948. The Mint figures above from Royal Mint Report. The 4.0M mint number in 1951 is from Sallay's unpublished records from the Board meeting minutes of the Central Bank of Ceylon. It is not included in the total of year 1943 of 8,600,004 given by Pridmore(1961), Remick(1968) and Robert Harris(1970).

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