1999 - Sri Lanka - 5 Rupee
Cricket World Cup - 1996 Champions

Two commemorative coins were issued by Central Bank of Sri Lanka on 1999 May 4th to mark the Sri Lanka Victory of the previous Cricket World Cup in 1996. A five rupee nickel-brass coin for circulation was issued together with an one thousand rupee crown-sized silver proof coin.

DenominationRupees Five
Diameter23.5 mm
Thickness3.0 mm
Weight9.5 gms
EdgeGrained-incused lettering
1999_Rs5_obverse 1999_Rs5_reverse
KM# 161

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 numeral 5 and the value FIVE RUPEES in words in Sinhala, Tamil and English in 3 lines to the left and in Braille to right of the numeral. 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 embossed around the periphery. (SRI LANKA * WEST INDIES * ZIMBABWE * AUSTRALIA * BANGLADESH * ENGLAND * INDIA * KENYA * NEW ZEALAND * PAKISTAN * SCOTLAND * SOUTH AFRICA)

Edge: Milled with the incused letters C.B.S.L. (Central Bank of Sri Lanka) in English Sinhala and Tamil.

The Nickel-Brass coin has been minted to the existing standard Rs. 5/- in circulation. A Set of Ten uncirculated coins were issued to collectors sealed in plastic coin holder.

The coin scanned at 300dpi and the images are displayed at 250dpi. The Brilliant uncirculated commemorative coin was selected from a bag of 100 obtained from the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. I thank Hemal Gurusinghe of Melbourne for gifting to me in 2005 April a set of the 10-coin holder he had extra.

Media Report CDN 1999 05 14