1976 - Sri Lanka - 2 Rupee
Non-Aligned Nations Conference

Two commemorative coins were issued by the Central Bank of Ceylon in August 1976 for the Fifth Summit Conference of the Non-Aligned Nations held in Colombo. A two rupee cupro-nickel coin was issued together with a five rupee nickel coin into circulation.

SPECIFICATIONS
DenominationRupees Two
AlloyCupro-Nickel
Diameter30.0 mm
Thickness2.4 mm
Weight13.50 gms
Shape7 uniformly
curved sides.
Edgeplain
Die-Axis
Issue2,000,000
Proof 500+500
MintRoyal,Wales
1976_2_obverse 1976_2_reverse
KM# 142

Obverse : A image of the venue, the Bandaranaike Memorial International conference Hall, and the words NON-ALIGNED NATIONS CONFERENCE and the year of issue 1976 at the bottom. Same text in Sinhala and Tamil on either side.
Reverse : Large numeral 2 appears with the value TWO RUPEES superimposed on the figure in Sinhala, Tamil and English. SRI LANKA in Sinhala appear at the apex of the coin and in Tamil and English on either side.

The two coin proof sets are embedded in dark blue velvet inside a dark blue 13.0 by 6.0 cm rectangular spring hinged box with a 3.0 cm diameter the Emblem of the Central Bank of Ceylon printed in gold on top. The Emblem of the Royal Mint is printed in black on the white satin in the inside cover. Each of the two round slots has a purple ribbon to lift the coin out. The Rs 2 coins fits on the left, but the two coins were issued sealed in a single double compartment plastic sheet.

CBSL confirmed the number of Proofs minted is 500 (as listed by Sallay). However the Krause listing of 1000 from the Annual Report of the Royal Mint probably reflects additional cased sets sold directly by the RoyalMint.

The coin was scaned at 300dpi and the images are displayed at 200dpi. The uncirculated commemorative coins were obtained from the Central Bank of Ceylon. I purchased a pair of proof coins from a dealer in Germany, and was glad to obtain in February 2002, a proof set in original case with W.P.N.A. in Pittsburgh, USA.