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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