New coins out soon
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka will issue for circulation a new series
of coins in the denominations of Rs. 5, Rs. 2, Re. 1, cents 50 and cents
The new coins
Picture by Dushmantha Mayadunna
The Rs. 5 coin is made of brass plated steel. It weights 7.70 gms and
the diameter is 23.5 mm. It is yellow and the edge is milled with the
legend CBSL in Sinhala, Tamil and English versions in infused lettering,
all coins are round.
The Rs. 2 coin is nickel plated steel. It weights 7.0 gms and the
diameter is 28.5 mm. It is white and the edge is milled.
The Re. 1 coin is brass plated steel. It weights 3.65 gms and the
diameter 20.0 mm. It is yellow and the edge is alternate plain and
The copper plated steel cts 50 coin is 2.5 gms in weight. Its
diameter is 18.0 mm and red. The edge is milled.
The Cts.25 coin is copper plated steel. It is 1.68 gms in weight and
the diameter is 16.0 mm. It is red and the edge is plain. Obverse and
reverse designs of above new coins are identical to the existing
circulation coins of same denominations. The year of the coins appears
The size and colour of new Rs. 5 and Rs. 2 coins remain unchanged
while the weight and alloy have changed. Re. 1, Cts. 50 and Cts. 25
coins are smaller than the existing coins of similar denominations and
minted in different alloys and colours for easy identification purposes.
The new coins will be circulated along with the existing coins in
Fifty million pieces of the Rs. 5 coin has been minted, Assistant to
Central Bank Governor Rose Cooray said.
The new coins can also be used at SLT and Tritel phone booths. The
minting of new coins will save the Government Rs. 600 million.