1951 - Ceylon

George VI - Ten cents

A definitive decimal currency Ten cent Nickel Brass coin.

DenominationTen cents
AlloyNickel Brass
Diameter23.1/21.0 mm
Thickness mm
Weight4.212 gms
Shapeeight Scallops
George~VI_10c_obverse George~VI_10c_reverse
KM #121

Obverse : Crowned effigy of George VI to left in relief in the center of the legend KING GEORGE THE SIXTH on left and right along periphery

Reverse : The word CENTS superimposed over large numeral 10 and year below. Left Sinhala sather dhahayer; Right Tamil 10 Satam. Above CEYLON and year below with

Pridmore Year Alloy Issue CoinedMintProof
178 1951 Ni-Brass 15,000,000 1952 India Mint178A
178 1951 Ni-Brass 1,560,000 1959 India Mint
178 1951 Ni-Brass 3,000,000 1959 Royal Mint
178 1951 Ni-Brass 5,200,000 1960 Royal Mint
178 1951 Ni-Brass 3,000,000 1961 Royal Mint

The Detailed breakdown from Royal Mint Reports and Sallay's Notes.

Royal Mint Report for 1959 states that new Master tools for coinages for Ceylon 10c were made to accord with sample pieces supplied. For the obverse reduction-punces of the effigy were prepared from an existing intermediate model and the inscriptions were engraved by hand on the succeeding matrix. For the Reverse matrix was engraved by hand.

The Royal Mint striking differ slightly in formation of the native characters.

The total above for 1951 Mint figure 27,760,000 from Royal Mint Report and Sallay's notes. Remick (1968) and Robert Harris(1970) include the first order of 7.0M coins minted in 1951 which used the old date of 1944. Pridmore (1961) says 22.0M in 1951 and 3.0M in Royal mint

The Proof coin from set sealed in cellophane was scaned at 300dpi and the images are displayed at 250dpi.