Two commemorative coins were issued on 2008 August 18th to mark the Sri Lanka being Runners Up at Cricket World Cup in 2007. An one thousand rupee Nickel plated Steel Brillient Uncirculated coin was issued together with a five rupee Brass plated Steel coin that circulated.
Obverse : To the right an artist's impression of a bowler. A legend 2007 CRICKET WORLD CUP March 13-April 28 in English appears just above. The words Runners-up in Sinhala, Tamil and English appears to the left. The names of the 16 countries that participated in the 2007 Cricket World Cup Tournament WEST INDIES ENGLAND BANGLADESH IRELAND NEW ZEALAND AUSTRALIA SOUTH AFRICA CANADA, SCOTLAND, BERMUDA, NETHERLANDS, KENYA, ZIMBABWE, INDIA, PAKISTAN appear around the periphery, with SRI LANKA in larger font on top.
Reverse : At the center, the currency RUPEES in Sinhala, Tamil and English languages, and the legal tender value of the coin 1000 in large numerals to the right. The heraldic lion in the National Flag appears just above and the year 2007 at the bottom center. The name SRI LANKA in Sinhala appears on Top and in Tamil and English appear on the right and left along periphery.
The Brillient Uncirculated coin enclosed in a circular coin case is embedded in black velvet inside a black rexine covered 7.7cm square spring hinged box with the Emblem of the Royal Mint printed in black on the white cloth of the inside cover. A machine numbered Certificate of Authenticity contains the specifications and description in Sinhala, Tamil and English.
Coins minted at Royal Mint Llantrsant, United Kingdom.
The artwork was done by Central Bank artist M. H. Hasitha Chanka.
The bowler has arm bent like that of Sri Lanka's most famous bowler Mr Muttiah Muralitharan.
The commemorative coin was obtained from the Central Bank of Sri Lanka stall at the International Cricket Ground, Dambulla, where they were first sold to public at the issue price was Rupees 1500/- or (US $14/-).
Read my Article Sri Lanka 2007 Cricket World Cup Runners-Up Commemorative Coins which was submitted to the SundayTimes of Sri Lanka on 2008 August 20th but didn't get published because of lack of space.
The coin scanned at 600 dpi and the images are displayed at 240 dpi