Front : Black on Green underprint with huge FIFTY 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 FIFTY RUPEES
with Micro printing of same around. On either side, a numeric
50 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 Dark Brown Serial number above and below 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 November 1909||H. Clifford & Bernard Senior||C/3 09001 - C/3 79000||70|
|20th January 1913||R.E. Stubbs & Bernard Senior||C/3 79001 - C/4 29000||50|
|8th December 1919||Graeme Thomson & Bernard Senior||C/4 29001 - C/5 29000||100|
|1st December 1925||E.B. Alexander & W.W. Woods||C/5 29001 - C/5 50000||21|
|1st June 1926||A.G.M. Fletcher & W.W. Woods||C/5 50001 - C/6 50000||100|
Currency notes from 1913 had secret marks
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 45 dpi image is from a Spink Auction Listing and displayed at
If you have this note, I would be grateful to get a 300 dpi scan which will be posted with desired acknowledgement.