Ceylon 1900 50 cents

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 107

This specimen was lot 107 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $272.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "CEYLON (SRI LANKA), Colonial. British. Victoria. 1837-1901. AR 50 Cents. London mint. Dated 1900. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 64. Choice very faintly toned uncirculated. Highest ever graded by six grades." This fifty cent piece was struck 1892-1900 as part of the decimal currency reform of 1870 in Ceylon. The earlier mix of stivers and rixdollars was inherited by the British from the Dutch, who occupied the island until 1796. Bronze ¼, ½, one and five cents were issued in bronze and ten and twenty-five cents issued in silver. Ceylon attained her independence in 1948 after the British left India and is now known as Sri Lanka. This specimen sold for three times the catalog value.

Recorded mintage: 200,000.

Specification: 5.83 g, .800 fine silver, this specimen Ø23 mm, 5.83 g, 12h axis.

Catalog reference: KM 96; Y 10.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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