Front: On a decorated rectangular wide border centered on top
on bottom in Thamil யெசியதிக்.பெங்கிங்கொர்ப்பொறேஷன் (Yeciyatik.Peṅkiṅkorppoṟēṣaṉ),
in Sinhala ෂිලින්දහයයි
and Thamil பத்து ஷீலீன்
in Shillings on left and
and Thamil ஐந்து ரூபாய்
in Rupees on Right.
Within circles at 4 corners Numeric Denomination with unit of currency
written on it in English. 10 Shillings in Upper left and lower
right. 5 Rupees in lower left and upper right.
Within border on top ASIATIC BANKING CORPORATION
below center crowned British Royal Coat of arms in decorate within
belt with legend THE ASIATIC BANKING CORPORATION and below in
waving scroll legend INCORPORATED _ BY ROYAL _ CHARTER.
On either side Denomination in English in decorate with
No ##### in shaded rectangle below.
Within shaded rectangle THE ASIATIC BANKING CORPORATION
Promises to pay bearer on demand at their Branch in
COLOMBO in the Currency of the Island
DENOMINATION POUNDS value received
Below COLOMBO ____ 18__ . THE ASIATIC BANKING CORPORATION in MicroText cover shaded region with TEN SHILLINGS and FIVE RUPEES in MicroText cover region outside it.
Below By Order of the Court of Directors above in one line Entd _____ Acct ______ Manager with two manuscript signatures if issued.
with Huge Numeric Value in Color as centered under-print.
In small text outside border in bottom center SMITH ELDER & Co ENGRAVERS LONDON
Back: On a elaborate decorate of full back of currency Note the value in both Shillings and Rupees in all three languages English, Sinhala and Thamil repeated many times in large and small scale. Large 10 SHILLINGS at Center within a circle of dozen small circles with numeric 10 connected by arcs with TEN SHILLINGS. 10 SHILLINGS within a smaller circle with of repeated 10 in middle of top and bottom. 5 RUPEES within circle with of repeated 5 in middle of left and right. Diagonally in Upper left and lower right from out to in 10s/ in circle, Denomination in Sinhala ෂිලින්දහයයි and in Thamil பத்து ஷீலீன் in Shilling within oblates, TEN in small circle. Diagonally in Upper right and lower left from out to in 5Rs. in circle, Denomination in Sinhala රුපියල්පහයි and in Thamil ஐந்து ரூபாய் in Rupee within oblates, FIVE in small circle. In alternating diagonals from upper left to lower right of small 10 and 5 in Diamonds with sides TEN SHILLINGS and FIVE RUPEES fill the background (about 36 each).
Watermark: ASIATIC BANKING in arc above CORPORATION in line below Lighter in paper.
Note that the value in vernacular Sinhala and Thamil is also given in Rupees, as the Indian Rupee was the familiar currency in circulation. One Pound Sterling equaled to Ten Rupees.
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