Front: On a decorated rectangular wide border centered on top CEYLON BRANCH.
on bottom, පවඬ් Denomination in Sinhala on left
and Denomination பவுண்ட் in Thamil on right.
Within border on top Center, below arced legend INCORPORATED BY ROYAL CHARTER crowned British Royal Coat of arms within belt with legend HONO SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE (French motto of the order of Garter translates to "Shame be to him who thinks evil of it") supported by lion on left and unicorn on right. Lion standing left on crown. Below in scroll DIEU ET MON DROIT (The French motto of the Monarch of the United Kingdom, translates to God and My Right.)
On either side numeric Denomination in decorate, with රුපියල් Denomination in Sinhala above on left and ரூபாய் Denomination in Thamil on Right. Below centered No ##### KANDY ____ 18__ No ##### .
Within shaded rectangle THE CHARTERED MERCANTILE BANK OF INDIA, LONDON & CHINA Promises to pay bearer on demand at its Branch in KANDY in the Currency of the Island DENOMINATION POUNDS value received
Below By Order of the Court of Directors above in one line Entd _____ ACCOUNTt ______ MANAGER
In small text within border in lower left corner PERKINS BACON & Co, LONDON
The value in words DENOMINATION on five interlocking circles Hand stamped in color.
Back: Ornate Spirographic design with Numeric Value within on either side.
WaterMark: Need to Findout
The Sinhala script has been written obscenely for Rupees Fifty රුපියල් පනහයි (as sic පකහයි) as in the Colombo note. These Errors in Sinhala Text corrected after monetary reform in 1869, when it commenced note issue in Rupees. Note also however that The Asiatic Banking Corporation notes and The Oriental Bank Corporation notes of the 1860's had the Sinhala and Thamil Text written correctly.
Note also Thamil பவுண்ட் denomination in 5£ note அஞ்த(Añta) rather than ஐந்து (Aintu)
Images are from book History of Coins and Currency in Sri Lanka
G. P. S. H. de Silva 2001 Central Bank of Sri Lanka.
The book references the set of copies displayed at CBSL Currency Museum
which were probably obtained many years ago from HSBC Archive.
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