2010 - Sri Lanka - 500 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 WORLD TRADE CANTRER AND BANK OF CEYLON HEADQUARTERS in the city of Colombo and a view of the ancient Buddhist temple Lankathilaka Viharaya at Kandy to upper right. Illustrated are the Sri Lanka bird Emerald Collared Parakeet (Layard's Parakeet) to the right, and the butterfly, Ceylon Indigo Royal to the lower left. Numeric 500 at upper left and lower right. At bottom center the value රුපියල් පන්සියයයි in Sinhala, Tamil and English FIVE HUNDRED RUPEES. The security thread is a Starchrome with 2 mm width, which changes colour from red to green with the letters CBSL RS500
Back: Portrait
Numeric 500 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 පන්සියයයි in Sinhala, Tamil and English FIVE HUNDRED RUPEES in 3 lines at lower left. A drawing of a Thelme dancer and a Yak Bera drummer. A Padmanidhi guard stone is on the upper right on a vertical Band with a stylized floral motif, Dvithva Liya Vela. A map of Sri Lanka appears in the background centered to the left.
Predominant Color : Purple  |  Size : 143 x 67 mm
Serial Prefix : T  |  Replacement Prefix: Z/5
Floresent Fiber : Yellow  |  Braile : Four Dots
Date on BankNoteFinance MinisterCBSL GovernorRange of Serial #Mintage
in K
2010-01-01Mahinda RajapaksaAjith Nivard CabraalT/1 000001 - T/50 100000050,000
2010-01-01Mahinda RajapaksaAjith Nivard CabraalT/56 000001 - T/115 100000060,000
2015-02-04Ravi KarunanayakeA. MahendranT/116 000001 - T/130 100000015,000
World Trade Center
World Trade Center, Colombo is an international business complex complementing and supporting the existing services of private and government agencies. It accounts for being the tallest completed building in Sri Lanka. The building consists of two identical 40- storeyed towers connected by a 4 storey retail block.
Lankathilaka Viharaya
Lankatilaka Viharaya is a Buddhist temple first built by King Prakramabahu I, and later restored by King Vijayabahu IV. It was once a five-storeyed high temple and decorated with flowers, creepers, animals, birds and statues of deities. It has a peculiar architectural design. The exterior walls are ornamented with delicate sculpture, which depict various building of the Polonnaruwa era.
Sri Lanka Emerald Collared Parakeet (Layard's Parakeet) - Psittacula calthropae
Sri Lanka Alu Girava (Sinhala)
Ilangai Naattu Kili (Thamil)
Layard's Parakeet is an endemic resident ot Sri Lanka. This bird is renamed as Sri Lanka Emerald-collared Parakeet since 2008. It is common in forests, gardens, mainly in high country and forested humid areas of low country. It is a green parakeet 30 cm long including the tail up to 13 cm, with a bluish-grey head and back, separated by a green collar.
The Ceylon Indigo Royal - Tajuria arida
Hela Neela Paramaya (Sinhala)
The Ceylon Indigo Royal is endemic to Sri Lanka and is found in the low country wet zone. Wings of the male are dull frosted greyish blue in colour. This species is categorized as critically endangered by the IUCN.
Padmanidhi Guard Stone
The dwarf figures known as yaksas or bahirawas were used in place of the Pot of Plenty. These figures represent two yaksas vested with the responsibility of protecting the wealth of god Kuvera that is said to be stored in the ocean. The headdresses of the yaksa figures of some guard stones had been designed in the shape of Sankha (conch) or Padma (lotus). These sculptures were used with the belief that they provide protection to the building. The best examples of Padma guard stone are at Abhayagiri stupa at Anuradhapura and at the entrance to the palace of Vijayabahu I.
Dvithva Liya vela
Traditional Sinhalese art has a floral motifs depicted with two similar creepers called Dvithva liya vela. These flower bands are combined or run parallel to each other in a regular pattern.
Thelme Netuma
Thelme Netuma (Thelme Dance) belongs to the ritual of Devol Maduwa, which is performed to propitiate a deity known as Devol. The Theirne Netuma is a pure rhythmical and classical dance form of Sri Lanka Low Country dances. The main drum used is the Yak Beraya.
Yak Beraya
Yak Beraya (Ruhunu Beraya, Devol Beraya or Pahatharata Beraya) is the traditional drum which accompanies Sri Lanka Low Country dances. This instrument is a long cylindrical drum and is played with both hands.

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