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: 50 Rupees
Note Color: Gray
English : Fifty Rupees
Sinhala : රුපියල්පනහයි
Thamil : ஐம்பதுரூபாய்
Size : 171 x 129 mm
Date : 2nd Jany 1854
Status : Signed, Joined
Pick-lk S144
Denomination: 100 Rupees
Note Color: Unknown
English : Hundred Rupees
Sinhala : රුපියල්සියයයි
Thamil : நூறுரூபாய்
Size : 202 x 126 mm
Date : 1851 - 1859
Status : Specimen
Pick-lk S146
Denomination: 1000 Rupees
Note Color: Unknown
English : Thousand Rupees
Sinhala : රුපියල්දාහයි
Thamil : ஆயிரவ்ரூபாய்
Size : 202 x 126 mm
Date : 1851 - 1859
Status : Specimen
Pick-lk S146A

Front: A decorated rectangular wide border with no text. 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 crowned rampant lion on left and unicorn chained with garter on right. Lion standing left on crown. Below DIEU ET MON DROIT in scroll. (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, with above රුපියල් Denomination in Sinhala on left and Denomination ரூபாய் in Thamil on right, with Seriel No below. Centered below COLOMBO, CEYLON Date as Day Month Year.
Within shaded rectangle
THE ORIENTAL BANK CORPORATION Promises to pay Bearer on demand at the 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..
Back: Blank or Spirographic design?
WaterMark: ORIENTAL BANK in arc above CORPORATION in line below darker than paper

The Rs 50 note seems to had been torn in two, and later conserved. According to Mr Fred Medis many notes of this era were split in two for postal transmission. To send Money securely by post,one half of note was posted and only when receipt was acknowledged, was the other half posted.

Text and Images from Spink Auction listings Rs 50, Rs 100 and Rs 1000. Auction Images at about 67 dpi

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