The Government of Ceylon : 1917 - 1939
One Rupee Note

The One Rupee currency note issued by the Board of Commissioners of Currency. This Type has 22 dates with 16 Signature pairs between 1917 to 1939. As they were also issued in booklets from 1922, 18 Dates have two varieties left edge rouletted or straight.

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LK:SCWPM #016
The Notes are 114 by 64 mm i.e. 4 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches.
Printed by Thomas De La Rue & Co. Ltd., London
Water-mark: None on paper manufactured by DeLaRue.

Front : Blue on Green, Lilac and Gray underprint. THE GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON on top to left above Promises to pay the Bearer on Demand the Sum of value in words ONE RUPEES in a 3.5-inch bar with to right of large numeric 1 within octagon with sides arced out. Just below the value රුපියලයි in Sinhala Text to left and Text in Tamil on right. Two facsimile signatures to left of Colombo Date: day Month Year, with FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON in two lines below, above COMMISSIONERS OF CURRENCY. The Black Serial number on the lower left hand side and upper right hand corners. Printer name THOS DE LA RUE & CO LTD LONDON at center upper edge of bottom margin.
Back : Twelve spoke Floral shape with ONE RUPEE in two lines on either side within artistic rectangular frame, all in Blue.

Date on BankNoteSignatures of
Commissioners of Currency
Range of Serial #Mintage
in K
Booklets
1st May 1917 R.E. Stubbs & Bernard Senior B/l 00001 - B/30 100000 3000
23rd March 1918 R.E. Stubbs & Bernard Senior B/31 00001 - B/90 100000 6000
8th December 1919 Graeme Thomson & Bernard Senior B/91 00001 - B/99 100000 900
8th December 1919 Graeme Thomson & Bernard Senior C/l 00001 - C/4 50000 350
1st October 1921 Graeme Thomson & Bernard Senior C/4 50001 - C/19 50000 1500
1st September 1922 B. Horsburgh & W.W. Woods C/19 50001 - C/49 50000 3000 ??K LK
1st September 1922 B. Horsburgh & W.W. Woods C/49 50001 - C/54 50000 500 20K UK
1st September 1923 C. Clementi & F.J. Smith C/54 50001 - C/64 50000 1000 40K
1st September 1923 C. Clementi & F.J. Smith C/64 50001 - C/89 50000 2500
1st October 1924 C. Clementi & W.W. Woods C/89 50001 - C/99 100000 1050
1st October 1924 C. Clementi & W.W. Woods D/l 0001 - D/25 50000 2450
1st October 1924 C. Clementi & W.W. Woods D/25 50001 - D/50 50000 2500 100K

 

Date on BankNoteSignatures of
Commissioners of Currency
Range of Serial #Mintage
in K
Booklets
1st October 1925 C. Clementi & W.W. Woods D/50 50001 - D/99 100000 4950
1st October 1925 C. Clementi & W.W. Woods E/1 00001 - E/1 50000 50
1st October 1925 C. Clementi & W.W. Woods E/1 50001 - E/31 50000 3000 120K
1st December 1925 E.B. Alexander & W.W. Woods E/31 50001 - E/61 50000 3000
1st December 1925 E.B. Alexander & W.W. Woods E/61 50001 - E/81 100000 2050 82K
1st June 1926 A.G.M. Fletcher & W.W. Woods E/82 00001 - E/99 100000 1800
1st June 1926 A.G.M. Fletcher & W.W. Woods F/1 00001 - F/52 100000 5200
1st June 1926 A.G.M. Fletcher & W.W. Woods F/53 00001 - F/82 100000 3000 120K
1st September 1927 A.G.M. Fletcher & F.J. Smith F/83 00001 - F/99 100000 1700 68K
1st September 1927 A.G.M. Fletcher & F.J. Smith G/l 00001 - G/43 100000 4300 172K
1st September 1927 A.G.M. Fletcher & F.J. Smith G/44 00001 - G/99 100000 5600
1st September 1927 A.G.M. Fletcher & F.J. Smith H/l 00001 - H/15 100000 1500
1st September 1928 A.G.M. Fletcher & W.W. Woods H/16 00001 - H/55 100000 4000 160K
1st September 1928 A.G.M. Fletcher & W.W. Woods H/56 00001 - H/99 100000 4400
1st September 1928 A.G.M. Fletcher & W.W. Woods J/l 00001 - J/17 100000 1700
1st July 1929 F.G. Tyrrell & W.W. Woods J/18 00001 - J/67 100000 5000
1st July 1929 F.G. Tyrrell & W.W. Woods J/68 00001 - J/99 100000 3200 128K
1st July 1929 F.G. Tyrrell & W.W. Woods K/l 00001 - K/18 100000 1800 72K
10th September 1930 B.H. Bourdillon & W.W. Woods K/19 00001 - K/68 100000 5000
10th September 1930 B.H. Bourdillon & W.W. Woods K/69 00001 - K/99 100000 3100 124K
10th September 1930 B.H. Bourdillon & W.W. Woods L/1 00001 - L/19 100000 1900 76K
9th July 1931 W.W. Woods & F.G. Tyrrell L/20 00001 - L/54 100000 3500
9th July 1931 W.W. Woods & F.G. Tyrrell L/55 00001 - L/99 100000 4500 180K
9th July 1931 W.W. Woods & F.G. Tyrrell M/l 00001 - M/5 100000 500 20K
9th July 1931 W.W. Woods & F.G. Tyrrell M/6 00001 - M/6 100000 100
Removed bar between the Letter and number of Serial prefix,
1st August 1932 W.W. Woods & W.E. Wait M 7 00001 - M 11 100000 500
1st August 1932 W.W. Woods & W.E. Wait M 12 00001 - M 16 100000 500 20K
1st August 1932 W.W. Woods & W.E. Wait M 17 00001 - M 17 50000 50
Full complement of 5 Secret Marks incorporated.
2nd July 1934 H.J. Huxham & W.E. Wait M 17 50001 - M 52 50000 3500
2nd July 1934 H.J. Huxham & W.E. Wait M 52 50001 - M 88 50000 3600 144K

Date on BankNoteSignatures of
Commissioners of Currency
Range of Serial #Mintage
in K
Booklets
2nd July 1934 H.J. Huxham & W.E. Wait M 88 50001 - M 89 50000 100
26th June 1935 C.H. Collins & G.S. Wodeman M 89 50001 - M 99 100000 1050
26th June 1935 C.H. Collins & G.S. Wodeman N 1 00001 - N 25 50000 2450
26th June 1935 C.H. Collins & G.S. Wodeman N 25 50001 - N 61 100000 3650 146K
26th June 1935 C.H. Collins & G.S. Wodeman N 62 00001 - N 63 50000 150
18th June 1936 H.J. Huxham & M.M. Wedderbum N 63 50001 - N 98 50000 3500
18th June 1936 H.J. Huxham & M.M. Wedderbum N 98 50001 - N 99 100000 1500 60K
18th June 1936 H.J. Huxham & M.M. Wedderbum P l 00001 - P 35 50000 3450 138K
18th June 1936 H.J. Huxham & M.M. Wedderbum P 35 50001 - P 37 50000 200
24th July 1937 C.H. Collins & R.M.M. Worsley P 37 50001 - P 72 50000 3500
24th July 1937 C.H. Collins & R.M.M. Worsley P 72 50001 - P 99 100000 2750 110K
24th July 1937 C.H. Collins & R.M.M. Worsley Q 1 00001 - Q 9 100000 1000 40K
24th July 1937 C.H. Collins & R.M.M. Worsley Q 10 00001 - Q ll 50000 150
10th November 1938 H.J. Huxham & G.S. Wodeman Q 11 50001 - Q 31 50000 2000
10th November 1938 H.J. Huxham & G.S. Wodeman Q 31 50001 - Q 66 50000 3500 140K
10th November 1938 H.J. Huxham & G.S. Wodeman Q 66 50001 - Q 71 50000 500
10th November 1938 H.J. Huxham & G.S. Wodeman Q 71 50001 - Q 78 50000 700 28K
2nd October 1939 H.J. Huxham & G.S. Wodeman Q 78 50001 - Q 99 100000 2150
2nd October 1939 H.J. Huxham & G.S. Wodeman R 1 00001 - R 9 50000 850
2nd October 1939 H.J. Huxham & G.S. Wodeman R 9 50001 - R 44 50000 3500 140K
2nd October 1939 H.J. Huxham & G.S. Wodeman R 44 50001 - R 46 50000 200 LDEA

The Principal currency note Ordinance (No. 32 of 1884) was amended by Ordinance No.1 of 1917 to permit the issue of the one and two rupee denominations.

A rainbow coloured effect in front and a intricate design on the back, protects against forgery of this note without a watermark.

19xx_tgoc_1r_cover 1936_tgoc_1r_cover Booklets issued since 1922 with 25 Notes each with single staple on left on 3/4 inch (19 mm) perforated counterfoil with baige soft board covers on front and back. Printed in Black on front cover at center huge 1Re. The later years from at least 1936 had above 25 with Currency Notes of in 2 lines to right. If you have a booklet cover with note inside please report type and date and serial number.

LDEA - Notes invalidated by Ordinence No 10 of 1942 dated 23rd March 1942. These notes were lost, damaged or destroyed as a result of enemy action.

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 perforated XF note was scanned at 300 dpi and displayed at 50 dpi. It is from a large collection purchased in Colombo in 201?. The cover was won on eBay in 200?.