1999 - Sri Lanka - 1 Rupee
Sri Lanka Army - 50th Anniversary
Frosted Proof

A frosted Proof commemorative one rupee nickel plated steel coin was issued by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka on 1999 October 18th to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Sri Lanka Army.

SPECIFICATIONS
DenominationRupees one
AlloyNickel plated steel
Diameter25.4 mm
Thickness2.0 mm
Weight7.13 gms
ShapeRound
EdgeGrained
Die-Axis
Proof8,000
MintRoyal,Wales
1999_Rs1_obverse 1999_Rs1_reverse
KM# 162

Obverse : The Armorial Ensign of Sri Lanka Army in above two crossed swords. The words "Sri Lanka Army" in Sinhala appear in a banner below and the period 1949-1999 at the bottom. The words GOLDEN JUBILEE appears in Tamil, Sinhala, and English at the left side, top and right side along the periphery.
Reverse : To the left an artist's impression of a soldier holding a child. On the left hand of the soldier a peace dove. The value ONE RUPEE in Sinhala, Tamil and English to the right in 3 lines. SRI LANKA in Tamil, Sinhala, and English at the left side, top and right side along the periphery. The year of issue 1999 is at the bottom.

The Proof coin enclosed in a circular hard plastic coin holder is embedded in black velvet inside a maroon velvet covered 7.8cm square wooden box. The Emblem of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka printed in Gold on top and in black on the white satin of the inside cover. A machine numbered Certificate of Authenticity contains the specifications and description in Sinhala, Tamil and English. The issue price (October 1999) in Sri Lanka Rs 400/- (US $5.50).

The nickel plated steel coin has been minted to the existing standard Rs. 1/- in circulation. The artwork was done by Central Bank artist Mrs Padmanjalie Karunatillake. Minted at Royal Mint Llantrsant, Pontyclum, CF72 8YT, United Kingdom. R de L Holmes - Deputy Master (Chief Executive).

Also issued as a Brilliant Uncirculated coin. The frosted Proof coin can be clearly distinguished from the frosted surface of the image of soldier on reverse. Both the Proof and the BU are Nickel plated Steel and attracted by magnets, unlike the Navy coin and AirForce coin where the frosted Proof is Cupro-Nickel and not attracted by magnets.

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

Media Report 1999 10 12 CDN