1972 - 2004

SRI LANKA - Fifty Cents

A definitive decimal currency Fifty cent Nickel plated Steel coin which in 1996 replaced the Cupro Nickel coin and in 2005 was replaced by smaller copper plated Steel coin in reflecting the diminishing value of the coin.

DenominationFifty cents
AlloyNickel plated Steel
Diameter21.5 mm
Thickness2.3 mm
Weight5.51 gms
SriLanka_50c_obverse SriLanka_50c_reverse
KM #135.2a

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 Issue Mint
1996 50,000,000 Royal/Canada
2001 10,000,000 Royal Mint, UK
2002 15,000,000 Royal Mint, UK
2004 10,000,000 Royal Mint, UK

This 1996-2004 Nickel Plated Steel Fifty Cent is in appearance and weight identical to the older Cupro-Nickel coin it replaced, except being 15% thicker and attracted by magnets.

The 1996 50-cent issue was minted in the Royal Canadian Mint, according to a the Coin Indent records from the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

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