1870 - 1901 - Ceylon

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.

Denomination1 cents
Diameter22.5 mm
Thickness mm
Weight4.72 gms
Victoria_01c_obverse Victoria_01c_reverse
KM #92

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.

Pridmore Year Alloy Issue Mint ProofSilverGold
197 1870 Cu 7,054,630 Calcutta 197A 197B 197C
198 1890 Cu 4,939,513 Calcutta 198A
199 1891 Cu 1,328,487 Calcutta 199A 199B 199C
200 1892 Cu 5,000,000 Calcutta 200A 200B
  1898 Cu None ? 201
202 1900 Cu 1,000,000 Calcutta
203 1901 Cu 1,014,000 Calcutta

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.