Saturday, July 15, 2006

Sri Lanka 5 rupees 2006 - 2550th Buddha Jayanthi

New circulating commemorative:

"2550th Buddha Jayanthi"
(information provided by Kavan Ratnatunga)

The coin, minted at Llantrisant Royal Mint, shows an image Sri Pada sacred mountain below a 24 prong Dharma Chakra, wheel of doctrine, found on the stone pillar built by the Emperor Ashoka at Saranath in Varanasi. The words BUDDHA JAYANTHI appear within upper part annulus in Sinhala at apex and Tamil and English to left and right. 2550 appear within annulus at bottom.

Sri Pada mountain:

LINK: Kavan Ratnatunga Coin Collection
LINK: Buddha Jayanthi
LINK: Central Bank of Sri Lanka
LINK: Sri Pada sacred Mountain

Alloy: brass plated steel
Diameter: 23.50 mm
Thickness: 2.70 mm
Weight: 7.70 gms
Edge: Milled with incuse CBSL
Mintage: 20,000,000

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