The Government of Ceylon : 1917 - 1922
Uniface Two Rupees Note

The Uniface Two Rupees currency note issued by the Board of Commissioners of Currency on 10th November 1917, replacing the first issue design of same years with the standard colonial format used by The Governmaent of Ceylon since 1885. This Type has 3 dates with 2 Signature pairs between 1917 to 1922.

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The Notes are 127 by 76 mm i.e. 5 by 3 inches.
Printed by Thomas De La Rue & Co. Ltd., London
Water-mark: Large dark TWO and RUPEES below in center and Light GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON at Bottom, and Elephant and Dagaba logo on upper left with leafy crown symbol below it. Dark triple zig-zag to left.
Paper manufactured by Thomas De La Rue & Co. Ltd.

Front : Black and Green on White paper with huge 2 at center background. THE GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON centered on top above Promises to pay the Bearer on Demand the Sum of the value in words TWO RUPEES in 4.5-inch a bar, with on either side, a numeric XX with RUPEES in an arc below, within an octagon with sides arced in. Just below the value රුපියල් දෙකයි in Sinhala Text to left and Text in Tamil on right. The Green Serial number above and below below on both left and right. with Colombo, Date: day Month Year, centered below. FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON in two lines in panel at bottom left with Two facsimile signatures at center bracketed with COMMISSIONERS OF CURRENCY. in two lines to right. Printer name THOS.DE LA RUE & Co LTD LONDON. at upper edge of bottom margin.

Back : Blank

Date on BankNoteSignatures of
Commissioners of Currency
Range of Serial #Mintage
in K
10th November 1917 R.E. Stubbs & Bernard Senior G/l 00001 - G/34 100000 3400
23rd March 1918 R.E. Stubbs & Bernard Senior G/35 00001 - G/64 100000 3000
1st September 1922 B. Horsburgh & W.W. Woods G/65 00001 - G/74 100000 1000

Sallay says These were successfully counterfeited and as a result no rupees two denomination was issued for sometime afterwards.

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 was scanned at 300 dpi and displayed at 50 dpi. It was won on eBay in 2016 from a dealer in USA