1999 - Sri Lanka - 1000 Rupee
Cricket World Cup - 1996 Champions

Two commemorative coins were issued on 1999 May 4th to mark the Sri Lanka Victory of the previous Cricket World Cup in 1996. An one thousand rupee crown-sized silver proof coin was issued together with a five rupee nickel-brass coin that circulated.

DenominationRupees 1000/-
AlloySilver (925. Ag)
Diameter38.61 mm
Thickness3.0 mm
Weight28.28 gms
1999_Rs1000_obverse 1999_Rs1000_reverse
KM# 163

Obverse : To the left an artist's impression of the Cricket World Cup trophy which was won by Sri Lanka, with that year 1996 right above in 3 lines the legend WORLD CRICKET CHAMPIONS in Sinhala, Tamil and English. SRI LANKA in Sinhala appears to the apex of the coin and in Tamil and English to left and right of that around the periphery. Issue year 1999 is depicted at bottom.

Reverse : At center an artist's impression of two cricketers a batsman and a wicket keeper. Below the numerals 1000 and the legal tender value ONE THOUSAND RUPEES in words in Sinhala, Tamil and English in 3 lines to the right of it. on left. Above are the words 1999 CRICKET WORLD CUP - MAY 14-JUNE 20. in two arcs. The names of the 12 countries which participated in 1999 World Cup are given around the periphery. (SRI LANKA * WEST INDIES * ZIMBABWE * AUSTRALIA * BANGLADESH * ENGLAND * INDIA * KENYA * NEW ZEALAND * PAKISTAN * SCOTLAND * SOUTH AFRICA)

The Silver Proof coin enclosed in a circular coin case is embedded in black velvet inside a light blue rexine covered 7.7cm square spring hinged box with the Emblem of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka printed in black on the white rexine of the inside cover. A machine numbered Certificate of Authenticity contains the specifications and description in Sinhala, Tamil and English. The edge of cardboard outer packing had WC AG ( World Cup Argentum ) printed on it.


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).

The Proof commemorative coin was obtained from the Central Bank of Sri Lanka at the issue price was Rupees 1200/- or (US $17/-).

The coin scanned at 300dpi and the images are displayed at 150dpi in reverse video to highlight the detail on this highly reflective Proof coin more than normal. The value of any coin is typically given on the reverse of the coin as adopted here, although it was called the obverse in the text of certificate.

Media Report Hindu 1999 05 14