Queen Victoria - Five Cent
A definitive decimal currency Five 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. These large five cents piece had been found inconvenient and cumbersome and were demonetized by Order in Council dated 1909 October 18th with effect from 1910 July 1st.
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.MINT in relief on the truncation of the neck.
Reverse : A Talipot palm in the center with Left Sinhala sather paha; Right Tamil 5.Satam. CEYLON . FIVE . CENTS and year below along periphery.
The weight is based on the old English copper penny.
The Dick Ford collection (in Taisei-Baldwin-Gillio Auctions #19 Ceylon 1995 February 23. Singapore lot#198) notes that Pridmore 183 (Proof 1898) does not exist.
The coin was scaned at 300dpi and the images are displayed at 200dpi.