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%.
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.
|224||1943||Bronze||23,176,000||1943||Calcutta & Bombay|
|224||1943||Bronze||20,528,800||1944||Calcutta & 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 !!!
|225||1945||Bronze||Proof ?||1951||Royal Mint||225A|
|225||1945||Bronze||7,500,000||1959||Calcutta & Bombay||225A|
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.