Front: On a decorated rectangular wide border centered on
top CEYLON BRANCH. Within border on top Center, Helmeted
Britannia(Queen Boudica) seated facing forward, Spear pointed up in
right hand Shield with Union Jack in her left hand with crown on top,
Anchor, two packages and steam boat with sails down with mountain
behind to right. Sailing Ship, package, bale, sleeping lion, Caduceus
and coconut palm on right. Small Batho & Co London
below. Small denomination vertical
in Sinhala on left and
(Aintu ṣīlīṉ) in Thamil on Right.
On either side numeric 5 SHILLINGS in decorate above
No ##### .
Below COLOMBO on left, and ____ 18__ on right.
THE MERCANTILE BANK OF INDIA, LONDON & CHINA Promises to pay bearer on demand at its Branch in COLOMBO in the Currency of the Island FIVE SHILLINGS value recd
Below By Order of the Directors above in one line Entd _____ ACCTt ______ MANAGER
Value as large word FIVE in background in light Blue.
Back: Blank ?
WaterMark: Need to Findout
Vertical Hand stamp ISSUED IN KANDY in center indicates a note issued within the few months from change of name in 1857 to obtaining charter on 1857 September 15th.
Art design has lot in common with the Ceylon Government Treasury Notes of 1850.
Text from Spink Auction
of 19th Century Ceylon Notes.
Scanned Image from Auction Catalog at about 270 dpi displayed at 50 dpi. Size estimated from height of Serial no and assuming it is same as Note from HSBC Archive scanned @ 200 dpi.
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