SRI LANKA - Five Cents

A definitive decimal currency Five cent Nickel-Brass coin. One Year type. In 1978 the metal changed to an Aluminum coin reflecting its diminishing value.

DenominationFive cents
Diameter21.5/18.2 mm
Thickness1.4 mm
Weight3.24 gms
ShapeSquare with round coners
SriLanka_05c_obverse SriLanka_05c_reverse
KM #139

Obverse : The Armorial Ensign of Sri Lanka

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 Sri Lanka in Sinhala on top.

Year Alloy Issue Mint
1975 Nickel Brass 19,584,000

The rare Aluminum Off-Metal-Strike (OMS) of 1975 was not legal-tender.

Although not seen in circulation this coin is still legal tender.

The coin was scaned at 300 dpi and the images are displayed at 300 dpi.