1972 - 1994

SRI LANKA - Fifty Cents

A definitive decimal currency Fifty cent copper-nickel coin. In 1982 the Security edge was replaced with a Milled edge. In 1996 the metal changed to an Nickel plated Steel coin reflecting its diminishing value.

DenominationFifty cents
Diameter21.5 mm
Thickness2.0 mm
Weight5.51 gms
SriLanka_50c_obverse SriLanka_50c_reverse
KM #135

Obverse : The Armorial Ensign of Sri Lanka

Reverse : The large numeral 50 with the value FIFTY 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 Edge Issue Mint
1972 Security 11,000,000
1975 Security 34,000,000
1978 Security 66,010,000
1982 Milled 65,000,000
1991 Milled 40,000,000
1994 Milled 40,000,000

From 1996 the Fifty Cent was issued as a Nickel Plated Steel coin which in appearance and weight looks identical to this Cupro-Nickel issue it replaced, except being 15% thicker and attracted by magnets.

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