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Sri Lankan Old Coins

Sri Lanka currency is divided into two parts: Early Modern era which includes Portuguese, Dutch and British Ceylon; and Modern Period consisting of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka coins.

In 1825 Sri Lanka’s official currency was the British Pound which replaced the Ceylonese rixdollar. In 1869 the Indian rupee was formally established as the unlimited legal tender of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka coins were first introduced in 1872 dated 1870 in ¼, ½, 1 and 5 cents, followed by silver coins of 10, 25 and 50 cents denominations. Between 1940 and 1944 Sri Lanka rupee coinages underwent major changes in its shape and metals. In 1963, a new coinage was introduced which omitted the British monarch's portrait. Currency in Sri Lanka today since 1972 carries the Armorial Ensign of the Republic of Sri Lanka on the obverse of coins. The reverse of the coin depicts the value in numerals and in Sinhala, Tamil and English below and year of issue at the bottom with SRI LANKA in Sinhala on top.

Mintage World team has tried to put together all Sri Lankan coins in one place. Detailed and factual information is now available at the click of your finger.