Front: Decorative vertical panels on either side with Numeric
value on top and bottom Guilloche with engraving in central
ellipse. Repeated Microprinting of value as Numeric and in English.
Panel on left has Crowned Empress Victoria seated on throne
with a seven arced shell behind. A scroll in her left hand and chalis(?)
in her right hand. Standing lion on either and Sailing boat on left,
Coconut palm and building on right. A basket of fruit at her feet.
The panel on right Bust of Mercury with caduceus.
In centered Decorative horizontal panels
BADULLA on top and and CEYLON at bottom.
Within panels on top Center, arced name
THE ORIENTAL BANK CORPORATION with legend
INCORPORATED BY ROYAL CHARTER below.
Crowned British Royal Coat of arms within oblate 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 rampant lion crowned facing forward 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 Denomination රුපියල් in Sinhala on left and Denomination ரூபாய் in Thamil on right, with Serial No below. Within color shaded rectangle
Promise to pay the Bearer on demand at their Branch here or at their Bank in Colombo DENOMINATION RUPEES , Value received
Below BADULLA with date as day month year. At center huge value in words RUPEES outlined in another Color, and taller than shaded region overlays it, Branch and date, as well as lower part of coart of arms. Below By Order of the Court of Directors
below on right ______ AGENT
below which on left ENTD _____ ACCOUNTT.
At bottom centered just below horizontal decorate in small script
BRADBURY WILKINSON & Co ENGRAVERS &c, LONDON..
Back: On a elaborate decorate of full back of currency Notes the value in Rupees Numerically and in all three languages, English repeated many times in small and micro text and once prominently in Sinhala and Thamil. Two identical Medallic busts face each in middle. Detailed design of back of each denomination is different from each other in color and detail.
|Denomination||Rs 5||Rs 10|
|Color Vertical bands||Blue-Red-Blue||Red-Blue-Red|
|Pair of Busts||Lady with hat||Gent with helmet|
|Sinhala Text||Center Upper||left middle|
|Thamil Text||Center lower||right middle|
|Large Numeric value||8||7|
The Rs 5 note is 14% less wide, and the vertical panel on left has been made narrower. Only part of the engraving of Mercury is shown.
Text and Images from Spink Auction listings Rs 5 and Rs 10. Auction Images at about 67 dpi
Image of poor condition Rs 5 note from Kandy National Museum, was published in in book History of Coins and Currency in Sri Lanka by G. P. S. H. de Silva published in 2001 by Central Bank of Sri Lanka.
Please contact kavan @ gmail.com if I have made errors in encoding the Thamil in Unicode.