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Ceylon Sri Lanka 1/4, 1/2, 1, and 5 Cents  1870 to 1945
Ceylon Sri Lanka 1/4, 1/2, 1, and 5 Cents 1870 to 1945

Check the date, Kelli. If your coin has King George VI, it can't be dated 1957. British colonies like Ceylon (Sri Lanka today) always carry the likeness of the reigning British monarch on the front. Copper coins from Ceylon with 1/4, 1/2, and 1 cent denominations date back to Queen Victoria. Then, whenever the monarch changed, so did the coinage. The common tie of all these coins is the reverse side, which has a circled palm tree design.

This page applies to copper coins with the palm tree. Some coins and some dates use other designs and metals (silver and gold), and this page does not apply to them.

Find your coin in the listings of approximate catalogs below. As always on CoinQuest, apply the concepts on our Important Terminology page to convert these catalog values to actual buy and sell values.

1/4 CENT VICTORIA 1870 to 1901
worn: $2 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $4
well preserved: $8
fully uncirculated: $18

1/4 CENT EDWARD 1904
worn: $2 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $5
well preserved: $10
fully uncirculated: $22

1/2 CENT VICTORIA 1870 to 1901
worn: $2 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $3
well preserved: $6
fully uncirculated: $12

1/2 CENT EDWARD 1904 to 1909
worn: $1 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $3
well preserved: $5
fully uncirculated: $12

1/2 CENT GEORGE 1912 to 1926
worn: $1 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $3
well preserved: $6
fully uncirculated: $12
1/2 cents dated 1926 are more common, divide these values by two

1/2 CENT GEORGE 1937 to 1940
worn: less than $1 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $1
well preserved: $2
fully uncirculated: $3

1 CENT VICTORIA 1870 to 1901
worn: $2 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $5
well preserved: $10
fully uncirculated: $20

1 CENT EDWARD 1904 to 1909
worn: $1 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $2
well preserved: $4
fully uncirculated: $8

1 CENT GEORGE 1912 to 1929
worn: less than $1 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $1
well preserved: $2
fully uncirculated: $5

1 CENT GEORGE 1937 to 1945
worn: less than $1 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: $1
fully uncirculated: $2

5 CENTS VICTORIA 1870 to 1892
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $16
well preserved: $60
fully uncirculated: $180
5 cents dated 1870 are more common, divide these values by two

Coin: 13547 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Kelli, Sun, 13-Jan-2013 08:09:15 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Sun, 13-Jan-2013 21:43:45 GMT
Reviewed by Chris - Appraisal OK, Wed, 31-Dec-2014 18:03:03 GMT
Requester description: 1957 George VI king and emperor of India
Tags: ceylon sri lanka 1 4 2 5 cents cent peny pennys pennies penny george vi king emperor india georgius georgvs georgeivs georgious giorgi geroges geogius georg geogivs georgian geor georgivis georgium georgvis georgevs georgivs emp imperator empereur empress emperer imperatore emperuer emporer emperur emperio emperado emperador empreradur emperator imperat palm tree circle palmetto fronds palms frond circled encircle circlet ring circles loops circal encircled circuit ringed circumscibed incircled circel circumference encircles encircling rings circling loop circular circumscribed pine oak

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