Queen Victoria - One Cent
A definitive decimal currency One cent copper coin established by an Order in Council dated 1869 June 18th. Declared legal tender in Ceylon 1872 January 1st with limit of tender 5 Rupees.
Obverse : Young Head of Victoria to left wearing a coronet ornamented with scrolls. A fret border broken by the legend VICTORIA QUEEN, along periphery. Initials of Mint C.M. incuse on the truncation of the neck.
Reverse : A Talipot palm in the center with Left Sinhala satheyer; Right Tamil Satam. CEYLON . ONE . CENTS and year below along periphery.
The weight is based upon the English fathing issued prior to 1860.
i.e. an Sterling exchange rate of Ten Rupees (~Rs 9.60) to the british pound
The Dick Ford collection (in Taisei-Baldwin-Gillio Auctions #19 Ceylon 1995 February 23. Singapore lot#192) notes that Pridmore 201 (Proof 1898) does not exist.
The coin was scaned at 300dpi and the images are displayed at 250dpi.