A commemorative Rs 500/- sterling silver crown size frosted Proof NCLT; was issued by Central Bank of Sri Lanka to mark the 150th Birth Anniversary on 2014 September 17th.
Obverse : At center portrait facing left. The words SRIMATH ANAGARIKA DHARMAPALA appear within upper part along the periphery in Sinhala at apex and Tamil and English to right and left. 1864 - 2014 appears below with 150 with 6 arrow heads on either side pointing towards it, along the artistic border around the rim.
Reverse : Large Face Value 500 in numerals and FIVE HUNDRED RUPEES below in three lines in Sinhala, Tamil and English. Along the upper part along the periphery the name SRI LANKA in Sinhala at apex, with Tamil and English to left and right. 2014 the expected year of issue, appears at bottom with 6 arrow heads on either side pointing towards it, along the artistic border around the rim.
The CBSL Press release says it was issued in recognition of his national service.
The frosted proof coin has been struck with one ounce of sterling silver to the British crown coin size. Enclosed in a circular coin capsule it is embedded in red velvet inside a red leatherette covered 6.5cm square spring hinged presentation box, with white satin inside cover. A printed numbered Certificate of Authenticity contains the specifications and the text in English, Sinhala, and Tamil.
This Rs 500 coin was expected to handed over to Hon. Minister of
Finance and planning, H.E the President Mahinda Rajapaksa by Mr. Ajith
Nivard Cabral, the Governor of the CBSL, at Colombo on 2014 December
On 2014 December 23rd 16:15 a Press Release was E-mailed to media,
and published online News by
soon after. Just 2.5 hour later an email was sent to media saying the event was
"postponed due to unavoidable circumstances"
and the Press Release was not put online at
After the change of Presidency on 2015 January 8th it was presented by Hon. Minister of Finance, Ravi Karunanayake to Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi at the Maha Bodhi Society, Colombo, during his state visit to Sri Lanka on 2015 March 13th.
Four months later according to CBSL Press Release it was presented to the President Mithripala Sirisena when he visited CBSL. These Presentations use a special box much larger than sold to public.
It was sold to public at CBSL Economic History Museum from 2015 March 16th for the issue price was Rs 8700/- (US $67).
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Most portraits have Anagarika Dharmapala facing right or forward. Who requested the commorative coin has not been revealed.
The coin was obtained from CBSL on 2015 March 16th and scanned at 600 dpi and the images are displayed at 200 dpi. Also displayed above are scans of Artwork sent to Kremnica Mint, included in CBSL Press release.