A commemorative Thousand rupee, brillient uncirculated Silver coin was issued by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka on 2009 October 12th to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Sri Lanka Army. It is 44% heavier and 23% thicker than the brillient uncirculated Cupro-nickel coin issued at same time.
Obverse : Depicts a soldier holding the National flag of Sri Lanka with one hand and his weapon with the other, and the map of Sri Lanka in the background, symbolizing the SLA safeguarding the territorial integrity of the country. The words VICTORY THROUGH SACRIFICE appear in Sinhala on top, and Tamil and English to the left and right around the map. Sri Lanka Yudha Hamudava (Army) in Sinhala at bottom. All within a ring with decorative motif along the periphery.
Reverse : The logo of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) above with the years 1949 and 2009 to the left and right. The face value of the coin 1000 in large numerals below with the currency RUPEES in Sinhala, Tamil and English on the right. The year of issue 2009 below. The words DIAMOND JUBILEE and SRI LANKA in English, Sinhala, and Tamil appear on the top and bottom along periphery within plain circles separated by eight pointed star on either side.
The coin was designed by Central Bank artist Mr Kelum Gunasekera.
The Brilliant Uncirculated coin enclosed in a circular transparent screw tight plastic capsule. Weight in capsule 19.26 grams. It is embedded in black velvet inside a dark Red rexine covered 9.2x8.8cm square box with a dot-wave sliver square printed on top. A white satin sash across the lower left corner in the inside top lid holds a numbered Certificate of Authenticity with the specifications and description in Sinhala, English and Tamil. The Certificate of Authenticity is 7.4cm square, much larger than the older Royal Mint Certificates. A Plain white cardboard outer protection. A small transparent Quality Control sticker with QC 7 was pasted below the capsule.
The bright face of the two varieties are almost the same. The silver has a slightly better strike. Other than the weight which requires a good scale, the edge of the coin is the simplest way to identify the coin variety. By comparison you can see the silver is much thicker, but on it's own the Silver BU has a bright silver shine, and the Cupro-Nickel is dull gray. Although thicker, it is technically not a Piedfort which needs to be twice or more times the thickness of normal coin. Although almost proof-like it is a Pity that this off-metal NCLT is not a Proof. This issue was a rush order made after 2009 August, which probably made Proofs too costly.
Read my article, an edited version of which was published as A sterling silver and cupro-nickel salute to SLA in the Sunday Times of 2009 October 18th.
The commemorative coin was obtained from the Headquarters of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in Colombo. It was sold to public at the issue price of Rupees 2200/- or (US $19/-). With slightly more than a Tola of Silver it has a melt value of about Rs650/-
The coin scanned at 600 dpi and the images are displayed at 300 dpi Also displayed above are scans of Artwork sent to Royal Mint, included in CBSL Press release.