1978 - 1991

SRI LANKA - Five Cents

A definitive decimal currency Five cent Aluminum which in 1978 replaced the Nickel-Brass coin reflecting the diminishing value of the coin.

DenominationFive cents
Diameter21.5/18.2 mm
Thickness1.4 mm
Weight1.00 gms
ShapeSquare with round coners
SriLanka_05c_al_obverse SriLanka_05c_al_reverse
KM #139a

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 Proof
1975 Aluminum rare oms
1978 Aluminum 272,308,000 Yes
1988 Aluminum 40,000,000
1991 Aluminum 50,000,000

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

Although very rarely seen in circulation this coin is legal tender and is not released by the Central Bank except on special request.

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