May 14, Colombo: The Currency Department of Sri Lanka’s Central Bank will issue two coins in the denominations of Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 10 to mark the 2600th anniversary of Buddha’s Enlightenment that falls on the Vesak Poya Day.
The Central Bank said the frosted proof silver coin of Rs. 1,000 denomination is a commemorative coin and the Rs. 10 coin is a normal circulation standard coin.
The Governor of the Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabral yesterday (13) officially presented the Rs 1,000 coin to President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is also the Minister of Finance and planning.
The Rs. 1,000 coin is a limited issue of 2,000 coins and a coin will be sold at a price of Rs. 7,500 from 16th May while the Rs 10 coin will be issued to circulation in June 2011.
Since 1957, the Central Bank issues commemorative coins to mark important events and people and the 2600th Sambuddathwa Jayanthi coins will be the 52nd and 53rd such coins.