2010 - Sri Lanka - 5000 Rupee note
Development, Prosperity and Sri Lanka Dancers

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) issued, for circulation, a new series of currency notes on the theme "Development, Prosperity and Sri Lanka Dancers" on 2011 February 4th, dated 2010-01-01.
Front: Landscape
ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහ බැංකුව in Sinhala at Top center, with it in Tamil and English CENTRAL BANK OF SRI LANKA on next line. Legend in 3 lines
ශ්‍රී ලංකාණ්ඩුව වෙනුවෙන් නිකුත් කරන ලද මේ
මුදල් නෝට්ටුව ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ඈතුළත ඕනෑම මුදල් ගණනක්
ගෙවිම සඳහා නිතියෙන් වලංගුය
Facsimile signatures above මුදල් ඈමති, and the මහ බැංකුවේ අධිපති , with date YYYY-MM-DD below. Horizontal Black Serial number on upper left and vertical Red Serial number on right. Sri Lankan Lion with sword to upper right.
An artist's impression of the WEHERAGALA DAM and Canyon Dam to the right. Illustrated are the Sri Lanka bird Yellow Eared Bulbul to the right, and the butterfly, Lemon Migrant to the lower left. Numeric 5000 at upper left and lower right. At bottom center the value රුපියල් පන්දාහයි in Sinhala, Tamil and English FIVE THOUSAND RUPEES. The security thread is a Starchrome with 2.5 mm width, which changes colour from red to green with the letters CBSL RS5000
Back: Portrait
Numeric 5000 at upper left and lower right. ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහ බැංකුව in Sinhala and in Tamil and English CENTRAL BANK OF SRI LANKA in 3 line. රුපියල් පන්දාහයි in Sinhala, Tamil and English FIVE THOUSAND RUPEES in 3 lines at lower left. 2A drawing of Nagaraksha dancer and a Guruluraksha dancer. The Rathnaprasadaya guard stone is on the upper right, on a vertical Band with a Kalpavrksha floral design, A map of Sri Lanka appears in the background centered to the left.
Predominant Color : Gold  |  Size : 153 x 67 mm
Serial Prefix : R  |  Replacement Prefix: Z/8
Floresent Fiber : Yellow & Red |  Braile : Six Dots
Date on BankNoteFinance MinisterCBSL GovernorRange of Serial #Mintage
in K
2010-01-01Mahinda RajapaksaAjith Nivard CabraalR/1 000001 - R/40 100000040,000
2015-02-04Ravi KarunanayakeA. MahendranR/41 000001 - R/91 100000050,000
2016-07-04Ravi KarunanayakeI. CoomaraswamyR/91 000001 - R/120 100000030,000

Weheragala Dam
Weheragala Dam which is 2030m in length, is one of the brilliant constructions of local engineers who are the proud descendents of ancient Sri Lankan ancestors who built many gigantic reservoirs for irrigation purposes. The reservoir is built using local irrigation technology. The dam is built across the Menik Ganga.
Canyon Dam
Canyon Dam measures 181m in length and 28m in height. The Canyon reservoir is built across the Maskeliya Oya and it stores water for the Canyon hydroelectric power station.
Sri Lanka Yellow eared Bulbul - Pycnonotus penicillatus
Sri Lanka Kahakan Kondaya (Sinhala)
Ilangai Manjal Sevi Kondai Kuruvi (Thamil)
Sri Lanka Yellow-eared Bulbul is an endemic resident in the highlands. It is categorized as vulnerable by the IUCN. This beautifully coloured bird has olive upper parts and yellowish under parts with a black crown with distinct prominent yellow ear-tufts.
The Lemon Migrant - Catopsilia Pomona
Dehisariya (Sinhala)
As its name implies the Lemon Migrant is a lemon yellow colour migrating butterfly, edged with black marking at the forewings and maroon blotches on the underside. Its flight is fast and strong in upward and downward curves. This butterfly is found all over the island, but it is most often seen in the dry and intermediate zones.
Rathnaprasada guard stone
The guard stone at the Rathnaprasadaya of the Abhayagiri Viharaya in Anuradhapura is considered the most exquisite guard stone. This guard stone is carved with a Nagaraja symbol, which carries a pot of plenty in the left hand and a bunch of flowers in the right hand.
Kalpavrksha floral design

Nagaraksha and Guruluraksha Dancers
Nagaraksha and Guruluraksha are mask dances, whkh belongs to the Low Country dance tradition, This dance is performed as a part of the traditional folk theatre Kolam. These performances usually last throughout the night. This dance portrays the conflict between the demonical Guruluraksha the mythical King of Birds and the Nagaraksha the mythical King Cobra

Text edited from Press Releases of the CBSL. Images as in full page colour advertisements published in local newspapers.