The Asiatic Banking Corporation
- 1864-1866 - Colombo

Currency Notes in Sterling issued between 1864 and 1866 by The Asiatic Banking Corporation, in Colombo, with an engraving of Bank Arms and printed by Smith Elder & Co Engravers, London

Denomination: 10 Shillings
Design Color: Green
Text Color : Black
English : Ten Shillings
Sinhala : රුපියල්පහයි
: ෂිලින්දහයයි
Thamil : பத்துஷீலீன்
: ஐந்துரூபாய்
Size : 190 x 108 mm
Date : 1st May 1866
Status : Signed
Pick-lk S101

Front: On a decorated rectangular wide border centered on top in Sinhala යෙසියතික්බන්කිඬ්කොර්පොරේෂන්. on bottom in Thamil யெசியதிக்.பெங்கிங்கொர்ப்பொறேஷன் (Yeciyatik.Peṅkiṅkorppoṟēṣaṉ), Denomination in Sinhala ෂිලින්දහයයි and Thamil பத்து ஷீலீன் in Shillings on left and in Sinhalaරුපියල්පහයි 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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