2005 - 2009

SRI LANKA - Fifty Cents

A definitive decimal currency Fifty cent copper plated Steel coin with a milled 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.

DenominationFifty cents
AlloyCopper plated Steel
Diameter18.0 mm
Thickness1.4 mm
Weight2.5 gms
SriLanka_50c_obverse SriLanka_50c_reverse
KM #135.3

Obverse : The Armorial Ensign of Sri Lanka

Reverse : The large numeral 50 with 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 Issue
2005 20,000,000
2006 10,000,000
2009 5,000,000

In 2005 Rs1000/- worth was packed in large polythene bags with a White paper label encased on top with SRI LANKA - 50 Cents - 2000 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 and 23% lighter than the older 25 cents which is 3.24 grams. Since coins appear to get sorted by diameter, I suspect that this 50 cent coin will mix in with the older 25 cent coins if it circulates sufficiently to become black by corrosion or dirt.
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.