Kavan Ratnatunga forward these notes about a new Sri Lankan coin, "a sterling silver crown-sized commemorative coin for the 2600 Sambuddhathva Jayanti. The Buddhist Era started in 544 BCE which is canonically adopted as Buddha's Parinibbana at age 80. So 2011 is 2555 BE which is 2600 years after the Buddha's enlightenment at age 35."
Please see the Sri Lanka Sunday Times, Plus Section - 2011 May 21
This has images of the new Rs2000 NCLT coins issued
A longer article with line drawing of the Rs10/- coin to be put into circulation in few weeks is posted at
See more details in my web page for these coins at
According to CBSL Press release the Rs 10/- coins will be only put into circulation in 2011 June
To read the complete Sunday Times article, see:
Coins for Sambuddhatva Jayanti
Wayne Homren, Editor
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