July 12, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka Wednesday issued a commemorative coin with a face value of Rs. 10 to celebrate 150 years of Ceylon Tea and to recognize its contribution to the national economy as an important and long-standing export oriented commodity in Sri Lanka.
Governor of Central Bank Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy officially presented the first set of coins to the Minister of Finance, Mangala Samaraweera and Minister of Plantation Industries, Navin Dissanayake at a ceremony held at the Bank today.
The coin will be issued into circulation from July 13 through licensed commercial banks and can be used for payments amongst other currency notes and coins in circulation.
On the Obverse the Lion emblem in the center of the coin is the icon that depicts 'Ceylon Tea - Symbol of Quality', gazetted as the intellectual property of the Sri Lanka Tea Board.
The periphery of the coin is adorned by indications of the year of the commencement of the Tea Industry in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), which is 1867, and the completion of its 150th year in 2017.
It is complemented by the image of 'two leaves and a bud', on both sides of the emblem, which signifies the high leaf standard that ensures the production of fine Ceylon tea.
The bottom of the rim indicates that the coin is issued in celebration of 150 years of Ceylon Tea.
On the Reverse, the face value of the coin "10" in large numerals and the value in words in Sinhala, Tamil and English languages appears at the center of the coin. The year 2017 is indicated at the bottom of the coin.
The country's name in Tamil, Sinhala and English languages appears at the periphery of the coin with two wreaths of rice ears at the bottom.