SRI LANKA - Ten Rupee

A definitive decimal currency Ten Rupee Nickel plated Steel coin with a plain 11 sided edge, first issued on 2010 April 5th.

DenominationTen Rupee
AlloyNi plated Steel
Diameter26.4 mm
Thickness2.1 mm
Weight8.36 gms
Shape11 sided
SriLanka_r10_obverse SriLanka_r10_reverse
KM #181

Obverse : The Armorial Ensign of Sri Lanka, in the centre and a petal design appears around the periphery of the coin.

Reverse : The large numeral 10 at the centre with TEN RUPEES in Sinhala, Tamil and English below. Mint Year below text, flanked by ears of paddy on either side. SRI LANKA in Sinhala appear at the apex and Tamil and English to left and right side. A geometric design around the periphery.

Year Issue
2009 35,000,000
2011 65,000,000

In 2009, Rs10000/- worth was packed in large polythene bags with Printed in Black SRI LANKA - 10 RUPEE - 1000 Pieces in 3 lines.

It is 2.2% smaller, %5% thinner and 7% lighter then the older Bimetallic 1998 commemorative Rs 10 coin which remains legal tender. Of 50 Million minted, 44 Million of them were in circulation at end of 2009.

Coins were issued to replace the Rs1/- note in 1963, Rs 2/- and Rs5/- notes in 1984. The last currency note with Rs1/- Rs2/- Rs5/- and Rs10/- dated 1963, 1979, 1982 and 2006.

Read my article, an edited version of which was published as A new 10-rupee coin for your pocket in the Sunday Times of 2010 April 11th.

They were released in time for the Sinhala and Thamil New Year on April 14th when analysis of currency in circulation in Sri Lanka shows a sharp peak every year.

The coin was scaned at 600 dpi and the images are displayed at 300 dpi. It was obtained from CBSL on 2010 April 6th.
Just over 2 years later the CBSL dropped the Nickel plating and issued Steel Rs10 coins Minted in Slovakia.