Two commemorative coins were issued on 2008 August 18th to mark the Sri Lanka being Runners Up at Cricket World Cup in 2007. A five rupee Brass plated Steel coin for circulation was issued together with an one thousand rupee Nickel plated Steel Brillient Uncirculated coin.
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 legal tender value of the coinFIVE RUPEES in Sinhala, Tamil and English languages, and the large numeral 5 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 left and right along periphery.
Edge: The thick coin has incused lettering C.B.S.L. on milled edge in Sinhala, Tamil and English.
A colorful six page coin pack in slip case with two uncirculated Rs 5/- coins enclosed, was also issued and sold for Rs250 (US$2.33) See images Front Slip cover and Front page Pages 2 and 3 Pages 4 and 5 Back Slip cover and Back page
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.
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 300 dpi.