The Oriental Bank
Ceylon Branch - 1846-1850 - Colombo

Currency Notes in Sterling issued from 1846 by The Oriental Bank, Ceylon Branch in Colombo, with an engraving of Royal Crest and printed by Batho & Bingley, 56 Lombard Street, London.

Denomination: 10 Shillings
Note Color: Unknown
English : Ten Shillings
Sinhala : පවුඬ්බාගයයි
Thamil : பத்துஷீலீன்
Size : 204 x 125 mm
Date : 1846 - 1850
Status : Specimen
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Denomination: 1 Pound
Note Color: Unknown
English : One Pound
Sinhala : පවඬ්එකයි
Thamil : ஒருபவுண்ட்
Size : 204 x 125 mm
Date : 1846 - 1850
Status : Specimen
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Denomination: 5 Pounds
Note Color: Unknown
English : Five Pounds
Sinhala : පවඬ්පහයි
Thamil : ஐந்துபவுண்ட்
Size : 204 x 125 mm
Date : 1846 - 1850
Status : Specimen
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Denomination: 10 Pounds
Note Color: Unknown
English : Ten Pounds
Sinhala : පවඬ්දහයි
Thamil : பத்துபவுண்ட்
Size : 204 x 125 mm
Date : 1846 - 1850
Status : Specimen
Pick-lk Unlisted

Front: On a decorated rectangular wide border centered on top CEYLON BRANCH. on bottom, Denomination පවඬ් in Sinhala on left and Denomination பவுண்ட் in Thamil on Right with 4 petal flower at center. Name of Bank கிழக்குபங்க் (Kiḻakku paṅk = East Bank) in Thamil on left border and පුවෙදිගමුදල්නිධානය in Sinhala on right border. Within border on top Center, 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") with front of Unicorn chained with garter on left and front of lion facing forward on right and four flags on either side behind. 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 with unit below in decorate, with above පවඬ් Denomination in Sinhala on right and in Denomination பவுண்ட் in Thamil on left, and No for Seriel below. Below COLOMBO on left and ____ 18__ on right.
Within shaded rectangle THE ORIENTAL BANK Promises to pay Bearer on demand at the Office of its Branch here in the Currency of the Island DENOMINATION POUNDS Value received
Below BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS above in one line Entd _____ ACCT ______ MANAGER
In small text just below shaded rectangle Batho & Bingley on left and 56 Lombard Street, London
In place of signature BATHO & BINGLEY, 56 Lombard Street, London. SPECIMEN. on right in 3 lines.
Back: Need to Findout. Blank ?
WaterMark: Need to Findout

The Name of Bank පුවෙදිග මුදල් නිධානය in Sinhala is translated as FarEast Cash Treasury, and கிழக்கு பங்க் (Kiḻakku paṅk = East Bank) in Thamil is partly Translated. It appears only in this first series of currency notes issued by the Oriental Bank - Ceylon Branch. The name is excluded in ALL subsequent note series issued by The Oriental Bank Corporation.

Not seen even images of any issued Notes to confirm size and if Color of Note is same as that of Specimen. Also if there were any hand Stamping like on the similer Notes of the Merchant Bank of India, London and China.

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