The Government of Ceylon : 1926
Uniface Five Rupee Note

The Uniface large size Five Hundred Rupees currency note issued in 1926 by the Board of Commissioners of Currency with the standard colonial format front used by The Governmaent of Ceylon.

The Notes are 216 by 146 mm i.e. 8 1/2 by 5 3/4 inches.
Printed by Thomas De La Rue & Co., London
Water-mark: Large FIVE HUNDRED 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 Thomas De La Rue & Co.

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 රුපියල් පන්සියයයි 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 BankNoteSignatures of
Commissioners of Currency
Range of Serial #Mintage
in K
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.