LANKA - Five Cents
A definitive decimal currency Five cent Nickel-Brass coin.
Obverse : The Armorial Ensign of Ceylon.
Reverse : The large numeral 5 with the value FIVE CENTS in Sinhala, Tamil and English below and year of issue at the bottom within a circle of the traditional Sinhala Liyavela art with Lanka in Sinhala on top.
In 1971 a selection process for a cheaper alloy, patterns were struck in Nickel-Brass clad steel, Steel and Aluminium with word TRIAL in raised letters on Obv. Rretired officer T. M. U. Sallay of the Central Bank of Ceylon, confirmed them to be official Patterns.
The 1969 Mintage figure given above from Sallay is 7.5M and not 2.5M (need to reconfirm)
The Proof coin was scaned at 300dpi and the images are displayed at 300dpi.