1978 - 1991

SRI LANKA - Ten Cents

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

DenominationTen cents
Diameter23.1/21.0 mm
Thickness1.6 mm
Weight1.30 gms
Shapeeight scallops
SriLanka_10c_al_obverse SriLanka_10c_al_reverse
KM #140a

Obverse : The Armorial Ensign of Sri Lanka

Reverse : The large numeral 10 with the value TEN 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 188,820,000 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 250 dpi.