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
in Sinhala Text to left and Text in Tamil on right.
The Black Serial number above on both left and right, with
Colombo, date: day Month Year, centered below.
In panel in two lines FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON
with Micro printing of same around at bottom left.
Two facsimile 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, 1887||Cecil C. Smith & W. H. Ravenscroft||A/2 50001 - A/? ??000|
|1st July, 1891||E. Noel Walker & F. R. Saunders||A/?? ??001 - A/? ??000|
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 141 dpi image is from an e-edition of sinhala magazine published by CBSL named සටහන (2013 Jul-Aug) and is displayed at 50 dpi.