Front : Black on Green underprint with huge FIVE HUNDRED at center.
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 FIVE HUNDRED RUPEES
with Micro printing of same around. On either side, a numeric
500 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 Red Serial number above and below on both left and right, with
Colombo, 1st June 1926 centered below.
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 of A.G.M. Fletcher and
W.W. Woods 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 June 1926||A.G.M. Fletcher & W.W. Woods||E/l 00001 - E/l 50000||50|
This Currency note of 1926 has secret marks
The notes were demonetized on 1945 November 15th with all other Rs1000 and Rs500 notes previously issued and ceased to be legal tender after 1946 January 31st. Only 2 pieces of Rs500 notes remain unsurrended to issuing Authority.
An issued Rs500 is not unknown in any condition.
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 56 dpi image is from a Spink Auction Listing and displayed at
50 dpi. It is printer trial proof without underprint highlighting secret marks.
If you have this note, I would be grateful to get a 300 dpi scan which will be posted with desired acknowledgement.
The Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes were authorised for issue by the 1884 Monetary Act. The Annual "Blue Book" with Finantial Accounts of the Government of Ceylon for 1887 (p438), 1888(p442) and 1889(p282) list the Rs500 and Rs1000 currency notes as circulating. In 1890(p288) they are removed from list with an reduction of excactly Rs150,000 from currecncy in circulation. Could this imply a small number of Rs500 and Rs1000 notes were printed/ issued in 1887 and all removed from circulation in 1890 and distroyed.