Lakdiva BankNote Collection

A web display of a personal collection of legally circulated colonial, and modern currency from Sri Lanka (Ceylon) including 300dpi or higher color images with edited information from various sources.

Lakdiva BankNotes hopes to documented over 100 Lankan Bank Note Types and other Lankan Paper items on individual web pages.
Motivated by many reasons this long term project may take many years to complete. It is purely an attempt to put part of my Lankan heritage on the web, as much as I can afford to do so in both money and time. Significant contribution of Ceylon BankNotes or high resolution images to complete the site will be gratefully acknowledged.

This is a No Frames, No Frills website which does not require Flash or any other fancy plug-ins. Only few use JavaScript to flip images. It does not use any Micro-(brained)-Software product, and is run on an unix server which is friendly to all Internet browsers.
If you a new to this site please read the brief navigating instructions at the bottom of this long page by pulling down the scroll bar on right.
If you have an old link to this web-site or wish to bookmark PLEASE Click here. to make sure it links to THANKS

If you have any questions on Lankan coins or Paper Money please send an E-mail to lanka-coins @ . This ensures that my reply is archived, and others can search and get an answer without asking same question again. I used to use AllExperts which terminated abruptly after 19 years in 2017 April. Read my former profile at which is still on

The Sri Lanka Numismatic Society meets every 3rd Sunday of the month (except if that is a Public Holiday) from 2-4 PM at the Board Room of the Royal Asiatic Society, No. 86, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha (Green Path), Colombo 7. (Mahaweli center, near back entrance to Colombo National Museum). If you are near Colombo as a resident or as a visitor, and interested in Coins and Currency, you are most welcome to attend.

For description of the early paper money system in Lanka please read overview.
For the recent value of Lanka Rupee look at depreciation.
If you travel in Lanka, I recommend you visit Museums with Lankan BankNotes and Coins.

Database : Online Catalog for Lankan Bank Notes.
Latest Definitive Currency Notes - 2017 April -
2016-07-04 - Development, Prosperity and Sri Lanka Dancers Note Series
2017-05-22 - Development, Prosperity and Sri Lanka Dancers Note Series
Latest Commemorative Currency Note - 2018 February 4th -
2018-02-04 Rs 1000 : 70th Anniversary of Independence, Sri Lanka Note

Calendars on Lankan Bank Notes : CR 2010

Interesting Collection Political notes

Caution on Forged Notes : 2014 - 2017
Recently updated : 19th Century Ceylon Bank Notes
CBSL Currency Management

For Information on Lankan Coins Visit

Bank Notes from Sri Lanka (Ceylon)
Main Note Collection

Numismatics, like some aspects of astronomy and natural history, remains a branch of learning in which the amateur can still do valuable work, and it is on the great collecting public, or rather on that part of which is interested in the subject at a scientific level, that the progress of numismatic science largely depends.

Philp Grierson - Prof of Numismatics, University of Cambridge.

Navigating Instructions
Please click on the colored or underlined link such as on the word note to get to page with description and images of each of the items listed above. All of the images are displayed on those pages at less than the scanned resolution of image. These images automatically expand when you move your pointer over them and return to normal when pointer is removed from image.

Permission is granted for linking over Internet, distribution in print form for educational nonprofit purposes and personal use. Electronic redistribution for nonprofit purposes is permitted, provided this notice is attached in its entirety and please indicate the source, with link to to enable reader to get latest version.
Unauthorized, for-profit redistribution is prohibited. NO permission is granted for commercial use, without request ed and authorized approval.
Read and use the information as you need but please DONOT COPY, any webpage into an Auction Listing
© 1998-2014
The owner of the copyright allows use of any BankNote images in the Wikipedia under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 lisence:
As long as a link is made back to the original source webpage of image at
Many images of this website will be loaded into BankNote pages for Ceylon and Sri Lanka.

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