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1/4 CENT COIN - SRI LANKA (CEYLON) - QUEEN VICTORIA
(KM 90)
- Low Mintage

Date: A.D. 1890

Obverse: Portrait crowned head left - VICTORIA QUEEN

Reverse: Tree - CEYLON QUARTER CENT 1890
Engraver: Leonard Charles Wyon

This Quarter penny was created late in the reign of Queen Victoria (but shows a decidedly young empress) by the British Empire who held the island of Shri Lanka (known as British Ceylon) as a colony from 1802 and 1948.

It was a British crown colony for more than a century, but gained independence February 4, 1948 and is now a Democratic Socialist Republic with a linguistically and religiously diverse population.