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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sri Lanka Rupee

One rupee, 2002
SRI LANKA 1 RUPEE 2002

2 rupee, 1984
sri lanka 2 rupee 1984

5 rupee, 1994
sri lanka 5 rupee 1994The symbol on the obverse is the national emblem or the coat of arms of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has usually had an elephant on its coat of arms but this one with the lion on it has been in use since 1972.

The image in the centre is also on the flag of Sri Lanka. It is a golden lion passant (passant is one of the different attitudes or positions in which an animal is shown), and it is holding a flag in its right front paw on a maroon background surrounded by golden petals of the blue lotus. Encircling the border are sheaves of rice grains which are symbolic of prosperity. The crest of the symbol is the dharmachakra, reasserting the position of Buddhism in the country. The supporters at the bottom are the sun and the moon, which are traditional Sinhalese heraldic symbols.


Sri Lanka 10 rupee: 50 years of independence, 1998
sri lanka 10 rupee 50 years of independence 1998
Sri Lanka got its independence in 1948 and this coin was minted in 1998, on the occasion of 50 years of its independence. The building shown on the obverse is not mentioned in the catalog but I think it is the Presidential Secretariat, the old Parliament building at Marine Drive.

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