SRI LANKA - Five Rupee
A definitive decimal currency Five Rupee brass plated Steel coin with a milled edge, first announced on 2005 December 14th and first issued on December 27th(? or was it 22nd). It was to circulate along side the older coin which remained legal tender.
Obverse : The Armorial Ensign of Sri Lanka
Reverse : The large numeral 5 at the centre with FIVE RUPEES in Sinhala, Tamil and English superimposed. SRI LANKA in Sinhala appear at the apex and Tamil and English on each side. The year of issue at the bottom. The coin is 2.7 MM thick and has incused lettering C.B.S.L. on edge in Sinhala, Tamil and English.
In 2005, Rs5000/- worth was packed in large polythene bags with a Light brown paper label encased on top with SRI LANKA - 5 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 - 5 RUPEE - 1000 Pieces in 3 lines. In 2016 the 2013 dated coins were put in smaller packs of 50 coins each and 20 were included in the larger pack for simpler distribution. Printed in Black on the small polythene pack was SRI LANKA - 5 RUPEE - 50 PIECES in 3 lines.
It is 13% thinner and 19% lighter then both the older brass 5 rupee
coin at 3.1 mm and 9.5 grams.
See Article for more details on this issue of lighter and smaller coins in 2005.
The coin was scaned at 600 dpi and the images are displayed at 300 dpi.