SRI LANKA - TwentyFive Cents

A definitive decimal currency TwentyFive cent copper plated Steel coin with a plain edge first issued 2005 December 14th. It was to circulate along side the older Cupro-Nickel coin and Nickel Plated Steel coin which remained legal tender.

DenominationTwentyFive cents
AlloyCopper plated Steel
Diameter16.0 mm
Thickness1.2 mm
Weight1.68 gms
SriLanka_25c_obverse SriLanka_25c_reverse
KM #141.3

Obverse : The Armorial Ensign of Sri Lanka

Reverse : The large numeral 25 with value TWENTY 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 Issue
2005 10,000,000
2006 5,000,000
2009 5,000,000

In 2005 Rs1000/- worth was packed in large polythene bags with a Light Blue paper label encased on top with SRI LANKA - 25 Cents - 4000 Pieces in three lines. A small white paper sticker gave total weight, Date and time of production with operator and consec number.

The same diameter but 30% thinner than the current aluminum 0.70 gram 1 cent coin which was last minted in 1994 and had not circulated for a long time by 2005.
See Article for more details on this issue of lighter and smaller coins in 2005.
See Article for details on the scarcity of the 2009 Year coins in circulation.

The coin was scaned at 600 dpi and the images are displayed at 300 dpi.