Central Bank of Sri Lanka
25 Year long Service Medal

A gold sovereign medal gifted by Central Bank of Sri Lanka to employees with 25 Years of Long Service.

MetalGold 0.916
AlloyAg/Cu 0.??
Diameter23.5 mm
Thickness1.4 mm
Weight7.94 gms
Mintage20 ?
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Obverse : Old CBSL Logo format with the central image of standing lion facing left with sword in right paw. Name Sri Lanka Central Bank in Sinhala above and Long Service Medal in Sinhala below with two arrow heads on either side, between two plain circles. Encircled by 20 petals, with dots between, within a ribbed rim.
Reverse : Large 25 on outline of pre 1996 CBSL Building

The Sovereign was enclosed in red hard plastic case 4.5 cm oval with hinged flat back embeded in red velvet inside. Upper cover has gold rim. Sovereign is not available to collectors unless sold by recipient.

As the Central Bank of Ceylon started in 1950, they were probably minted since 1975. Each year depending on the number of eligible 25 years of service recipients sovereigns are minted at a local Jeweller using the same dies. After a commemorative gold sovereign was minted in 1998 for 50th anniversary of Independence, CBSL started giving those instead. However after recipients demanded a sovereign identified with CBSL where they have served for 25 years, and the sovereigns were minted again with the same dies and are still awarded.

The Sovereign was scanned at 600 dpi and displayed at 300 dpi The Sovereign was obtained in 2014 November from a dealer in Colombo Fort.