1942 - 1945 - Ceylon

George VI - One Cent

A definitive decimal currency 1 cent bronze coin. In 1942 September 8th, the thicker coin changed to this bronze of half the weight in low relief to conserve metal for war. Copper 97%; Zinc 2.5%; tin 0.5%.

Denomination1 cents
Diameter22.5 mm
Thickness mm
Weight2.362 gms
George~VI_01c_obverse George~VI_01c_reverse
KM #111a

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. Initials of designer P M in relief below the truncation.

Reverse : A Talipot palm in the center, Left Sinhala satheyer; Right Tamil Satam. CEYLON . ONE . CENTS and year below along periphery.

Pridmore Year Alloy Issue Coined Mint Proof
223 1942 Bronze inc. Thick 1942 Calcutta223A
224 1943 Bronze 23,176,000 1943 Calcutta & Bombay
224 1943 Bronze 20,528,800 1944 Calcutta & Bombay
225 1945 Bronze 10,100,000 1945 Bombay

For the 1942 selection process, a pattern was struck in Black Bakelite was minted by a private firm which was not viewed kindly by the Royal Mint.

The coin 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 !!!

Pridmore Year Alloy Issue Coined Mint Proof
225 1945 Bronze Proof ? 1951 Royal Mint225A
225 1945 Bronze 7,500,000 1959 Calcutta & Bombay225A
225 1945 Bronze 7,500,000 1961 Royal Mint
225 1945 Bronze 9,000,000 1962 Royal Mint

The Mint figure above from Royal Mint Reports and Sallay's records, match Pridmore(1961) and total of year 1945 of 34,100,000 given by Remick(1968) and Robert Harris(1970). The order of 1959 April was minted in India and is not reflected in the Royal Mint reports since it is after Indian Independence.

The initial order of 1960 September was placed with the India Government Mint, and was cancelled and placed in 1960 November with Royal Mint in London which did all subsequent minting of coins for Ceylon.

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