1951 - Ceylon

George VI - Fifty Cents

A definitive decimal Ceylon currency Fifty cent Nickel Brass coin.

Denomination50 cents
Diameter24.0 mm
Thickness mm
Weight5.508 gms
EdgeSecurity edge
George~VI__50c_obverse George~VI__50c_reverse
KM #123

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 50 below which CENTS; Sinhala sather panarhar; and Tamil 50 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
1261951 NiBrass 560,0001951 India Mint126A
1261951 NiBrass 4,440,0001952 India Mint
1261951 NiBrass 1,320,0001959 India Mint
1261951 NiBrass 1,500,0001959 Royal Mint
1261951 NiBrass 4,500,0001960 Royal Mint
1261951 NiBrass 1,500,0001962 Royal Mint

The Mint figures above from Royal Mint Report. The 4.0M minted in 1951 was coins with frozen year 1943 according to Sallay's unpublished records from the Board meeting minutes of the Central Bank of Ceylon.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 50c 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 13,820,000 from Royal Mint Report and Sallay. The total of year 1951 of 19.32M given by Robert Harris(1970) and 19.98M by Remick(1968) are both in Error. Pridmore (1961) who says 9.0M in 1951 and 1.5M 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 250dpi