Sri Lanka - 1992 - 1 Rupee
Second Executive President

A commemorative one rupee cupro-nickel coin was issued by Central Bank of Sri Lanka for circulation in January 1992 on the the 3rd Anniversary of the induction of the Ranasinghe Premadasa as the second Executive President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

DenominationRupees one
Diameter25.4 mm
Thickness1.9 mm
Weight7.128 gms
1992_Rs1_obverse 1992_Rs1_reverse
KM# 151

Obverse : Effigy of the President Ranansinghe Premadasa within a circle of beads. The year of issue 1992 appears at the bottom centre. A traditional Sinhala design using swans along the periphery.
Reverse : SRI LANKA in Sinhala in the apex of the coin and in Tamil and English on either side. Two traditional Sinhala lions with swords face each other above His Excellency the President's flag depicted at the center. The value ONE RUPEE in Sinhala Tamil and English appear below.

The coin was also issued as a Frosted Proof coin in Cupro-Nickel, Silver and Gold.

The Uncirculated coin was scaned at 600dpi and the images are displayed at 250dpi. It was obtained from the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

An astrologer told President Premadasa that the name spelled misfortune for the head of state and so he changed the official name of Lanka from "Sri Lanka" to "Shri Lanka" with no constitutional authority and some fabricated justification. The altered spelling appears only on one commemorative coin. The spelling reverted back soon after President Ranasinghe Premadasa was brutally killed by a suicide bomber on 1993 May 1st. SHRI spelling was only used on Lanka Stamps issued between June 1992 and December 1993.

This coin linked to rebirth story :-).