The Government of Ceylon : 1887 - 1925
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 has 19 known dates with 7 Signature pairs between 1894 to 1925. There could be unknown dates between 1894 and 1909

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LK:SCWPM #011
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 XXX 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 Red 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 BankNoteSignatures of
Commissioners of Currency
Range of Serial #Mintage
in K
1st September, 1894 E. Noel Walker & F. R. Saunders A/?? ??001 - A/? ??000
16th September, 1903 Hardinge Hay Cameron & Francis R. Ellis A/?? ??001 - A/? ??000
1st November, 1904 A. M. Ashmore & Hilgrove C. Nicolle A/?? ??001 - A/? ??000
18th May, 1908 H. Clifford & Bernard Senior A/?? ??001 - A/?? ??000
1st November 1909 H. Clifford & Bernard Senior A/?? ??001 - A/69 20000

 

Date on BankNoteSignatures of
Commissioners of Currency
Range of Serial #Mintage
in K
20th January 1913 R.E. Stubbs & Bernard Senior A/69 20001 - A/74 20000 500
20th January 1913 R.E. Stubbs & Bernard Senior A/74 20001 - A/79 20000 500
1st April 1914 R.E. Stubbs & Bernard Senior A/79 20001 - A/84 20000 500
1st April 1915 R.E. Stubbs & Bernard Senior A/84 20001 - A/89 20000 500
15th May 1919 A.S. Pagden & Bernard Senior A/89 20001 - A/96 70000 750
8th December 1919 Graeme Thomson & Bernard Senior A/96 70001 - A/99 100000 330
8th December 1919 Graeme Thomson & Bernard Senior B/l 00001 - B/9 70000 870
1st October 1921 Graeme Thomson & Bernard Senior B/9 70001 - B/17 70000 800
1st September 1922 B. Horsburgh & W.W. Woods B/17 70001 - B/25 20000 750
1st September 1923 C. Clementi & F.J. Smith B/25 20001 - B/28 20000 300
1st October 1924 C. Clementi & W.W. Woods B/28 20001 - B/38 52000 1032
1st October 1925 C. Clementi & W.W. Woods B/38 52001 - B/48 52000 1000
1st October 1925 E.B. Alexander & W.W. Woods B/48 52001 - B/66 50000 1798

Currency notes from 1913 starting with serial number A/74 20001 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 VF note waa scanned at 300 dpi and displayed at 50 dpi. A stain on upper left has been digitally erased from image contributed by Owen Linzmayer of BanknoteNews.com