The Chartered Mercantile Bank of India, London & China
Ceylon Branch - 1864-1869 - Kandy

Currency Notes in Sterling issued from 1864 by The Chartered Mercantile Bank of India, London & China, Ceylon Branch in Kandy, with an engraving of Royal Crest and printed by Perkin Bacon & Co, London. Note that the value in vernacular Sinhala and Thamil is also given Rupees, as the Indian Rupee was the familiar currency in circulation. One Pound Sterling equal to Ten Rupees.

Denomination: 10 Shillings
Note Color: Brown
HandStamp Color: Green
English : Ten
Sinhala : රුපියල් පහයි
: පවුඬ් බාගයයි
Thamil : ரூபாய் ஐந்து
: அரைப் பவுண்ட்
Size : 175 x 108 mm
Date : 18__ < 1870
Status : Specimen
Pick-lk Unlisted
Denomination: 1 Pound
Note Color: Blue
HandStamp Color: Red
English : One
Sinhala : රුපියල් දහයයි
: පවඬ් එකයි
Thamil : ரூபாய் பத்து
: ஒரு பவுண்ட்
Size : 175 x 108 mm
Date : 18__ < 1870
Status : Specimen
Pick-lk Unlisted
Denomination: 5 Pounds
Note Color: Green
HandStamp Color: Red
English : Five
Sinhala : රුපියල් පකහයි
: පවඬ් පහයි
Thamil : ரூபாய் ஐம்பது
: அரைப் பவுண்ட்
Size : 175 x 108 mm
Date : 18__ < 1870
Status : Specimen
Pick-lk Unlisted

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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