Buddha Jayanthi Coin Ring
The Buddha Jayanthi Coin Ring
The Buddha Jayanthi Coin Ring is handmade from a 5 Rupee Ceylon coin issued in 1957 to celebrate the 2500th Anniversary of Buddhism. Ceylon is now known as Sri Lanka. Buddha Jayanthi means "Buddha's Birthday". This 5 Rupee coin is acknowledged by many numismatists as one of the most beautiful and elegant crown-sized coins ever made. Over half of the original mintage of these coins was returned to the mint to be melted down in 1962 because the silver content was more valuable than the actual face value of the coin.
This big, sterling silver coin ring features a parade of elephants, horses, lions and bulls. Above them is a procession of geese, with lotus flowers hanging from their beaks. The inner band displays the coin's value in English: "FIVE RUPEES" along with Tamil and Sinhala characters which translate as`Sri Lanka' and`Buddha Jayanthi'.
The Buddha Jayanthi coin ring is crafted from a very large coin and can only be made in sizes 11 (W) and up. The width of the band is just under 13 mm. The ring pictured is a size Z+2 (US 13.5).