Front : Black and Green on White paper with huge 50 at center background.
THE GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON centered on top above
Promises to pay the Bearer on Demand the Sum of.
In a 7.5-inch bar the value in words FIFTY RUPEES
with Micro printing of same around. On either side, a numeric
50 with RUPEES in an arc below, within a circle.
Just below the value
in Sinhala Text to left and Text in Tamil on right.
The Black Serial number above on both left and right, with
with Colombo, 1st January 1885 centered below.
In panel in two lines FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON
with Micro printing of same around at bottom left.
Space for Two signatures at right and
COMMISSIONERS OF CURRENCY. below.
Printer name THOS.DE LA RUE & CO LONDON. at bottom left.
Back : Blank
|Date on BankNote||Signatures of|
Commissioners of Currency
|Range of Serial #||Mintage|
|1st January, 1885||Hand Signed||C/1 00001 - C/1 10000||10|
The 1885 January issue was hand signed by any 2 of 3 Commissioners of Currency
|John Douglas||Colonial Secretary||1878-08-18 - 1885-11-16|
|William Henry Ravenscroft||Auditor General||1877-05-23 - 1890-10-17|
|William Dumaresq Wright||Colonial Treasurer||1882-06-22 - 1885-06-11|
The notes were demonetized with all notes dated before January 1, 1940 on 1946 April 13th and ceased to be legal tender with effect July 31, 1946.
The details of this issue are from Sri Lanka Currency of Recent Times 1938-1985 T. M. U. Sallay, 1986 Colombo:Central Bank of Sri Lanka.
The 60 dpi image is digitally illustrated based on description in
Sallay's book(page 21) and displayed at 50 dpi.
. If you have this note, I would be grateful to get a 300 dpi scan which will be posted with desired acknowledgement.