11/12/2012

Commemorative coin issued to mark Japan Sri Lanka relationship presented to the President

Governor of Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabral will present the President Mahinda Rajapaksa a commemorative coin issued by the bank to mark the 60th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Japan today at the Temple Trees.

The commemorative one thousand rupee silver proof coin will be issued to public since today. In obverse, the coin carries a colour print image of the Upper Kotmale Hydropower Project, located within the central hills in Sri Lanka built with the assistance of Japan. This is the first coin minted in Japan and first coin with an actual multi-colour photograph.

Sri Lanka established diplomatic relations with Japan in 1952 and since then, the two governments have enjoyed a very prosperous and steady friendship with the Tokyo also contributing to several government initiatives and infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka.

First-Strike of the issuance of 1,000 Rupee Commemorative Silver Coin, Ceremony was held at the Japan Mint of Tokyo Bureau on 4th of October, 2012. It was conducted by Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Japan, Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda with the participation of the former Prime Minister of Japan and Honorary Chairman of Japan Sri Lanka Association, Mr. Yasuo Fukuda.

The Japan Mint, the Government entity which issues coins, made the commemorative silver coin as per the order by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

This is the 59th commemorative coin issued by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

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