1870 - 1901 - Ceylon

Queen Victoria - Half Cent

A definitive decimal currency Half 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.

DenominationHalf cents
Diameter18.5 mm
Thickness mm
Weight2.36 gms
Victoria_1hc_obverse Victoria_1hc_reverse
KM #91

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 ½ satheyer; Right Tamil @.Satam. CEYLON . HALF . CENT and year below along periphery.

Pridmore Year Alloy Issue Mint ProofSilverGold
226 1870 Cu 3,040,000 Calcutta226A 226B 226C
227 1890 Cu 400,000 Calcutta227A
228 1891 Cu 1,000,000 Calcutta228A 228B 228C
  1892 Cu None Calcutta229
230 1895 Cu 4,040,000 Calcutta230A 230B 230C
231 1898 Cu 4,000,000 Calcutta231A 231B
232 1901 Cu 2,020,000 Calcutta

The weight is based upon the earlier sterling half fathing.
The coin was scaned at 300dpi and the images are displayed at 300dpi.