1963 - 1971 - Ceylon

LANKA - Five Cents

A definitive decimal currency Five cent Nickel-Brass coin.

DenominationFive cents
Diameter21.5/18.2 mm
Thickness.0 mm
Weight3.24 gms
ShapeSquare with round coners
Lanka_05c_obverse Lanka_05c_reverse
KM #129

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.

Year Alloy Issue Mint Proof
1963 Ni-Brass 16,000,000
1965 Ni-Brass 9,000,000
1968 Ni-Brass 12,000,000
1969 Ni-Brass 7,500,000
1970 Ni-Brass 7,000,000
1971 Ni-Brass 32,000,000 Yes

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.