The rupee is the official currency of the Seychelles since 1914 when the British Legislative Council gave the endorsement to establish a Board of Currency Commissioners. In 1939, the first coins were issued by The Governor of the Colony of Seychelles in denominations of 10 and 25 cents, ½ and 1 rupee., nowadays, are currently circulating denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 cents, and 1, 5 and 10 rupees.
The 5 Seychellois cents coin front design features the National Coat of Arms (consists of a shield with an Aldraba giant tortoise on a small island with a coco de mer palm tree, in the background a blue sea with two islands and a sailboat. Above the shield are a silver helmet and a white-tailed tropicbird. The shield is supported by two sailfish, under the Seychelles motto: “Finis Coronat Opus” (The end crowns the work”), and the issue date. The reverse coin design illustrates a pair of black snails and the denomination on a background with oblique lines representing the flag of Seychelles. This coin is part of the 2016 series, its rim is plain, and its color is gold.
Text: Republic of Seychelles, Finis Coronat Opus, Black Snail, Kourpa Nwanr, Escargot Noir, 5 Cents, 2016.