1951 - Ceylon

George VI - TwentyFive cents

A definitive decimal Ceylon currency TwentyFive cents cent Nickel Brass coin.

Denomination25 cents
Diameter19.0 mm
Thickness mm
Weight2.754 gms
EdgeSecurity edge
George~VI__25c_obverse George~VI__25c_reverse
KM #122

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 : Large numeral 25 below which CENTS; Sinhala sather visipaha; and Tamil 25 Satam on consecutive lines with A palm frond on ether side and at bottom CEYLON . A crown above dividing the numerals of year 19 51.

Pridmore Year Alloy Issue Coined Mint Proof
149 1951 NiBrass 4,032,000 1951 India Mint149A
149 1951 NiBrass 6,000,000 1952 India Mint
149 1951 NiBrass 1,528,000 1959 India Mint
149 1951 NiBrass 2,500,000 1959 Royal Mint
149 1951 NiBrass 4,000,000 1960 Royal Mint
149 1951 NiBrass 2,000,000 1962 Royal Mint

The Mint figures above from Royal Mint Report. The 7.0M minted in 1951 was coins with frozen year 1943 according to Sallay's unpublished records from the Board meeting minutes of the Central Bank of Ceylon.

Royal Mint Report for 1959 states that new Master tools for coinages for Ceylon 25c 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 details of the date numerals 9 and 5.

The total above for 1951 Mint figure 20,060,000 from Royal Mint Report and Sallay. The total of year 1951 of 29.56M given by Robert Harris(1970) and 25.94M by Remick (1968) are both are in Error. Pridmore (1961) who says 17.32M in 1951 and 2.5M in Royal mint but this excludes some minting till 1962 after cataloged.

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