Author Topic: Sri Lanka: New Coin to Commemorate 75th Anniversary of Sri Lanka Signal Corps  (Read 303 times)

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Offline Bimat

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Central Bank of Sri Lanka has issued a 10 Rupees coin commemorating 75th Anniversary of Sri Lanka Signal Corps.

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Odd. I would have thought that a signal corps is a military unit that is responsible for communications. However, the symbol used on the coin is a well-known depiction of Mercury plus a steering wheel. Mercury is best known as the god of merchants and thieves :), but admittedly, he is also the messenger of the gods. Officers as gods? The steering wheel is a symbol of shipping. In combination, the pair of symbols would indicate the merchant navy.

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The logo is derived from logo of Royal Signal Corps and all Armies on the Indian sub continent follow the erstwhile British logos with nominal change. Even Australia follows that.

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always willing to trade modern UK coins for modern coins from elsewhere....

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That's so weird it's funny. A garden ornament! BTW, a sure way to demotivate people is organising a design competition, then declaring yourself the winner. ::)

Since the original is crowned, I presume, the wheel is a symbol of the state of Sri Lanka. My best guess is that it is dharmachakra, though I haven't found it on any Lanka coins.

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The coin

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Thanks for the picture  :)

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Good job explaining the symbolism, lakdiva. I am happy to note that the wheel replacing the crown is indeed dharmachakra. Did you follow the links that prove that the Hermes statue is originally a garden ornament?

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Thanks. I added a link to that history from my page.

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