The Government of Ceylon : 1885
Hand-signed Five Rupees Note

The Uniface Five Rupees currency note issued by the Board of Commissioners of Currency with the standard colonial format front used by The Governmaent of Ceylon. This first issued of 1885 was hand signed at time of issue.

The Notes are 165 by 127 mm i.e. 6 1/2 by 5 inches.
Printed by Thomas De La Rue & Co., London
Water-mark: A Large FIVE RUPEES in 2 lines light on dark at center. A vertical triple ZigZag lines to right, and light Elephant and Dagaba logo to the upper left with a light leafy emblem below it. Text THE GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON light on dark panel centered below. Handmade paper manufactured by Messrs Portals.

Front : Black and Green on White paper with huge FIVE at center background. THE GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON centered on top above Promises to pay the Bearer on Demand the Sum of. In a 6-inch bar the value in words FIVE RUPEES with Micro printing of same around. On either side, a numeric 5 with RUPEES in an arc below, within a circle. Just below the value රුපියල් පහයි in Sinhala Text to left and Text in Tamil on right. The Black Serial number above on both left and right, 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 with 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 BankNoteSignatures of
Commissioners of Currency
Range of Serial #Mintage
in K
1st January, 1885 Hand Signed A/1 00001 - A/2 50000 250

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
or anyone acting on their behalf.

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 72 dpi image of proof specimen with two CANCELLED punches, is from a Spink Auction Listing and is 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.