Photo shows Mr. A. Mahendran placing the specimen signature to be used in currency notes.
This is only the third time since the Sinhala only act of 1956 that anyone signed in English. The only other exceptions are Finance Ministers M. H. M. Nainamarikkar in 1988, and K. N. Choksy in 2001 signing the Currency notes in English. Even CBC governor A. G. Ranasinha who had signed the 1954 note in English, signed the 1956 note in Sinhala. A. Mahendran was the First governor of the Central Bank to sign in English since 1954.
I saw my first note on 2015 May 8th. I have been informed that so far only a Rs 5000/- note was released about mid April 2015.
D. B. Wijetunga was was both Prime Minister and Finance Minister under the Presidency of President Ranasinghe Premadasa. When Premadasa was assassinated by the LTTE on 1993 May 1st he became President and retained the Finance Ministry, an addition to executive power which was continued by President Chandrika Kumaratunga in her first term in office, and adopted by President Mahinda Rajapakse in both his terms. When Ravi Karunaratne became Finance Minister, CBSL was retained under the Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinge. However it is the Finance Minister who represents the government to CBSL as shown on right.
Authorised by the Monetory Board for printing with 2015 date according to CBSL is
However based on currency in circulation it appears that during the period from 2015 January to 2016 June when Arjuna Mahendra was CBSL governor the Rs5,000 notes in circulation increased by 22.7 Million notes, the Rs 1000 and Rs500 increased by only by 6.4M and 7.3M notes respectively. They were also the last two denominations of notes released by CBSL of the new signature. In 2005, when printing of notes seems to have been changed as soon as MahindaR took over as Finance Minister, we know that printing continued after IndrajitC took over as CBSL Governor. In modern era the 1994 Rs 20, with as much as 6 Million notes printed is extremely rare.