2008 - Sri Lanka - 1000 Rupee
Employees Provident Fund (EPF)
50th Anniversary

Two commemorative coins were issued on 2008 to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Employees Provident Fund. This one thousand rupee Nickel plated Steel Brilliant Uncirculated coin was issued on 2008 November 14th. A two rupee Nickel plated Steel coin was also be issued into circulation.

DenominationRupees 1000/-
AlloyNickel Plated Steel
Diameter28.5 mm
Thickness1.8 mm
Weight7.0 gms
Brillient Unc1,200
2008_Rs1000_obverse 2008_Rs1000_reverse
KM# 179

Obverse : The security and protection offered by the EPF for all its members, symbolized by two upholding palms, below images of an office employee, a tea plucker and a garment factory employee. They depict three industrial sectors in the economy viz Agriculture, Industry and Services. Numeral 50 just above to right, symbolizing the Golden Jubilee of the EPF. Around between two circles, the legend EMPLOYEES PROVIDENT FUND in Sinhala above and in Tamil and English to left and right. with 1958-2008 below. A petal design appear around the periphery.

Reverse : At the center, the legal tender value of the coin 1000 in large numerals, with the currency RUPEES in Sinhala, Tamil and English languages below. An elongated floral design above. The year of issue 2008 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 outside a plain circle. Four 8-petal symbols separate the words. A design appear around the periphery.

This Limited Rs 1000/- coin has been minted to the existing standard Rs 2/- coin in circulation, to probably save on the cost of an obverse die. This is the first time Lankan Numismatic history that a high denomination NCLT coin has been issued with the exact specification of low denomination circulating coin.

The Brilliant Uncirculated coin enclosed in a circular transparent plastic capsule. A Certificate of Authenticity in Sinhala, Thamil and English, with no serial number was printed in black on White board was issued later.

A Frosted Proof of this Rs 1000/- EPF coin was minted and distributed on 2008 September 11th, at the golden jubilee celebrations but Not issued to Public (NIP).

Coins minted at Royal Mint Llantrsant, United Kingdom.
The artwork was done by Central Bank artist Mr Kelum Gunasekera.

The commemorative coin was obtained from the Currency Museum of Central Bank of Sri Lanka in Rajagiriya. It was sold to public at the issue price was Rupees 1200/- or (US $11/-). In view of the very limited issue only one coin was sold to each buyer. On the day of issue only one person was allowed into the Museum at a time.

The coin scanned at 600 dpi and the images are displayed at 300 dpi