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British Museum CIB.15751 - 1853 with Seriel Number C33713
Front: A decorated rectangular wide border with no text.
Within border on top Center, below arced legend
INCORPORATED BY ROYAL CHARTER
crowned British Royal Court 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 couchant lion crowned facing arms on left and
couchant unicorn chained with garter looking back away from arms on right.
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 alpha-numeric Denomination with unit below in decorate, and Serial No below. Centered below COLOMBO, CEYLON ________ 18___
Within shaded rectangle
THE ORIENTAL BANK CORPORATION Promises to pay Bearer on demand at their Office here DENOMINATION RUPEES or the equivalent in the Currency of the Island, Value received
Below By Order of the Court of Directors above in one line
Entd _____ Accountt ______ Manager
In bottom left just inside border in small script Perkins, Bacon & Co, London. Patent Hardened Steel Plate. (? need to verify)
Back: Blank or Spirographic design?
Watermark: ORIENTAL BANK in arc above CORPORATION in line below darker than paper ?
Note absence of any Sinhala or Thamil text in this early undated
which appear in the dated notes issued in the 1860's. However 1854 issued Rs 50 notes has the Sinhala and Thamil as well as the older notes so maybe just this specimen lacks Sinhala and Thamil and not the issued notes.
Text and Images from Spink Auction listings Rs 5 and Rs 10. Auction Images at about 67 dpi