As one of a new series of Ten Rupee coins representing the 25 Districts of Sri Lanka, the coin for Colombo was issued by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka on 2014 November 17. The obverse design depicts City Skyline as Economic and Cultural characteristic of Colombo District.
Obverse : Within plain circle, artists impression of a montage of Colombo city skyline and the Colombo Port, with a container ship in front. From left to right clearly identifiable, the Colombo Port Chaitya, Central Bank Building, The Bank of Ceylon Head office, with Galadari Hotel, Old Parliament in front of it. The Twin towers of the World Trade Center(WTC) with the Presidential Secretariat in front, and Nelum Pokuna Theatre. Colombo in Thamil, Sinhala, and English above, and 2013 below along the periphery of the coin.
Reverse : The large numeral 10 at the centre with TEN RUPEES in Sinhala, Thamil and English below. Mint Year below text, flanked by ears of paddy on either side. SRI LANKA in Sinhala appear at the apex and Tamil and English to left and right side. A geometric design around the periphery.
The Commemorative card issued has line drawing and a brief description including economic activities in district.
The design probably started as the Colombo Fort Skyline, as seen from Galle Face Green looking North as shown in photograph above. Although being used to reflect the changing skyline of Colonbo, the skyline view on this photograph has not changed since the WTC opened in 1996.
In the drawing on the coin, the Chaitya has replaced the Intercontinental (now Kingsbury) Hotel, and Nelum Pokuna has replaced Hilton Hotel. Therefore it is clearly NOT a real skyline looking East as seen from sea of Colombo Port.
A more realistic view in the skyline from the Colombo Port is shown in the Rs 500 currency note.
The Coin obtained from CBSL was scanned at 600 dpi is displayed at 300 dpi.
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