The Government of Ceylon : 1887 - 1891
Uniface Five Rupee Note

The Uniface large size 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 Type with Serial number only twice has 2 known dates with 2 Signature pairs between 1887 to 1891. There could be unknown dates between 1887 and 1894

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 . 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, 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 BankNoteSignatures of
Commissioners of Currency
Range of Serial #Mintage
in K
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.