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Sri Lanka issues commemorative coin on 125th Anniversary of Ananda College - Olcott's portrait one of the three on reverse

Dec 10, 2011 09:50 PM
by MKR

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has issued a commemorative frosted proof
coin for the 125th anniversary of Ananda College, the very first
commemorative coin issued for a school anniversary. With the crown
size of a Buddha Jayanthi Rs 5 coin, it is struck with one ounce of
sterling silver.

The Rs 2,000 coin was officially handed over to President Mahinda
Rajapaksa by the Senior Deputy Governor of the CBSL K.G.D. D.
Dheerasinghe, at Ananda College on November 29.

On the reverse side of the coin, the portraits of Hikkaduwa Sri
Sumangala Thera (1827-1911), Migettuwatte Gunananda Thera (1823-1890),
and Colonel Henry Steele Olcott (1832-1907) as founders of Ananda with
anniversary dates 1886-2011 inside a semi-circle.

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