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
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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