The Oriental Bank Corporation
1851-1859 - Colombo

Currency Notes in Rupees issued from 1851 to 1859 by The Oriental Bank Corporation in Colombo, with an engraving of Royal Crest and printed by Perkins, Bacon & Co, London.

Denomination: 5 Rupees
Note Color: Unknown
English : Five Rupees
Size : 171 x 129 mm
Date : 18__
Status : Specimen
Pick-lk S141
Denomination: 10 Rupees
Note Color: Unknown
English : Ten Rupees
Size : 202 x 126 mm
Date : 18__
Status : Searching
Image was not found online.
If available please contribute. Thanks.

British Museum CIB.15751 - 1853 with Seriel Number C33713
Pick-lk S143

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 Specimen.
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