2005 - 2011

SRI LANKA - Two Rupee

A definitive decimal currency Two Rupee Nickel plated Steel coin with a milled edge, first announced on 2005 December 14th and first issued on December 22nd. It was to circulate along side the older coin which remained legal tender.

SPECIFICATIONS
DenominationTwo Rupee
AlloyNickel plated Steel
Diameter28.5 mm
Thickness1.5 mm
Weight7.0 gms
ShapeRound
EdgeMilled
DieAxis
MintRoyal,Llantrisant
SriLanka_r02_obverse SriLanka_r02_reverse
KM #147a

Obverse : The Armorial Ensign of Sri Lanka

Reverse : The large numeral 2 at the centre with TWO RUPEES in Sinhala, Tamil and English superimposed. SRI LANKA in Sinhala appear at the apex of the coin and in Tamil and English on ether side. The year of issue is at the bottom.

Year Issue
2005 50,000,000
2006 80,000,000
2008 18,000,000
2009 60,000,000
2011 45,000,000

In 2005, Rs2000/- worth was packed in large polythene bags with a Light Green paper label encased on top with SRI LANKA - 2 RUPEE - 1000 Pieces - ### in 4 lines. A small white paper sticker gave total weight, Date and time of production with operator and consec number ###. In 2009 Printed in Black on the polythene pack was SRI LANKA - 2 RUPEE - 1000 Pieces in 3 lines.

It is same diameter but 15% thinner and 15% lighter in weight then the current 2 rupee coin.
See Article for more details on this issue of lighter and smaller coins in 2005.

The incidence of error coins seem to be high in this new series.

The coin was scanned at 600 dpi and the images are displayed reverse video at 300 dpi.