The Government of Ceylon : 1925 - 1939
Elephant Logo backed Two Rupees Note

The Two Rupees currency note with Elephant logo at back issued by the Board of Commissioners of Currency with the standard colonial format used by The Governmaent of Ceylon since 1885. This Type has 14 dates with 12 Signature pairs between 1925 to 1939. As they were also issued in booklets from 1926, 13 Dates have two varieties left edge rouletted or straight.

1938_tgoc_r2_front 19xx_tgoc_r2_back
LK:SCWPM #021
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 RUPEES in top and Light GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON at Bottom with Elephant and Dagaba logo between on either side lower on right. Paper manufactured by Porttals Ltd.

Front : Black/Brown on Green underprint with huge TWO at center 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 a 4.5-inch bar bar, with on either side, a numeric 2 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 Red/Black/Green Serial number above and 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 and COMMISSIONERS OF CURRENCY. in two lines to right. Printer name THOS.DE LA RUE & CO LTD LONDON. at upper edge of bottom margin.
Back : At center a floral design in Green including the Crest of British Ceylon of an Elephant facing forward with 4 coconut palms on each side and mountains in background.

Date on BankNoteSignatures of
Commissioners of Currency
Range of Serial #Mintage
in K
Booklets
1st October 1925 E.B. Alexander & W.W. Woods H/1 00001 - H/31 100000 3100
1st June 1926 A.G.M. Fletcher & W.W. Woods H/32 00001 - H/51 100000 2000
1st June 1926 A.G.M. Fletcher & W.W. Woods H/52 00001 - H/56 100000 500 20K LK
1st June 1926 A.G.M. Fletcher & W.W. Woods H/57 00001 - H/57 100000 100
1st June 1926 A.G.M. Fletcher & W.W. Woods H/58 00001 - H/64 100000 700 28K LK
1st September 1927 A.G.M. Fletcher & F.J. Smith H/65 00001 - H/84 100000 2000
1st September 1927 A.G.M. Fletcher & F.J. Smith H/85 00001 - H/94 100000 1000 40k
1st September 1927 A.G.M. Fletcher & F.J. Smith H/95 00001 - H/95 100000 100
1st September 1928 A.G.M. Fletcher & W.W. Woods H/96 00001 - H/99 100000 400 16K

Date on BankNoteSignatures of
Commissioners of Currency
Range of Serial #Mintage
in K
1st September 1928 A.G.M. Fletcher & W.W. Woods J/1 00001 - J/ll 100000 1100 44K
1st September 1928 A.G.M. Fletcher & W.W. Woods J/12 00001 - J/42 100000 3100
1st July 1929 F.G. Tyrrell & W.W. Woods J/43 00001 - J/62 100000 2000
1st July 1929 F.G. Tyrrell & W.W. Woods J/63 00001 - J/72 100000 1000 40K
10th September 1930 B.H. Bourdillon & W.W. Woods J/73 00001 - J/92 100000 2000
10th September 1930 B.H. Bourdillon & W.W. Woods J/93 00001 - J/99 100000 700 28K
10th September 1930 B.H. Bourdillon & W.W. Woods K/l 00001 - K/3 100000 300 12K
9th July 1931 W.W. Woods & F.G. Tyrrell K/4 00001 - K/28 100000 2500
9th July 1931 W.W. Woods & F.G. Tyrrell K/29 00001 - K/43 100000 1500 60K
9th July 1931 W.W. Woods & F.G. Tyrrell K/44 00001 - K/44 100000 100
Removed bar between the Letter and number of Serial prefix
1st August 1932 W.W. Woods & W.E. Wait K 45 00001 - K 49 100000 500
1st August 1932 W.W. Woods & W.E. Wait K 50 00001 - K 54 100000 500 20K
Full complement of 5 Secret Marks incorporated.
1st August 1932 W.W. Woods & W.E. Wait K 55 00001 - K 59 100000 500
1st August 1932 W.W. Woods & W.E. Wait K 60 00001 - K 64 100000 500 20K
2nd July 1934 H.J. Huxham & W.E. Wait K 65 00001 - K 84 100000 2000
2nd July 1934 H.J. Huxham & W.E. Wait K 85 00001 - K 92 50000 750 30K
2nd July 1934 H.J. Huxham & W.E. Wait K 92 50001 - K 93 50000 100
26th June 1935 C.H. Collins & G.S. Wodeman K 93 50001 - K 99 100000 650
26th June 1935 C.H. Collins & G.S. Wodeman L 1 00001 - L 14 50000 1450
26th June 1935 C.H. Collins & G.S. Wodeman L 14 50001 - L 21 100000 750 30K
26th June 1935 C.H. Collins & G.S. Wodeman L 22 00001 - L 22 100000 100
18th June 1936 H.J. Huxham & M.M. Wedderbum L 23 00001 - L 42 100000 2000
18th June 1936 H.J. Huxham & M.M. Wedderbum L 43 00001 - L 50 50000 750 30K
18th June 1936 H.J. Huxham & M.M. Wedderbum L 50 50001 - L 51 50000 100
24th July 1937 C.H. Collins & R.M.M. Worsley L 51 50001 - L 71 50000 2000
24th July 1937 C.H. Collins & R.M.M. Worsley L 71 50001 - L 78 100000 750 30K
10th November 1938 H.J. Huxham & G.S. Wodeman L 79 00001 - L 98 100000 2000
10th November 1938 H.J. Huxham & G.S. Wodeman L 99 00001 - L 99 100000 100 4K
10th November 1938 H.J. Huxham & G.S. Wodeman M 1 00001 - M 7 50000 650 26K
10th November 1938 H.J. Huxham & G.S. Wodeman M 7 50001 - M 7 100000 50

 

Date on BankNoteSignatures of
Commissioners of Currency
Range of Serial #Mintage
in K
2nd October 1939 H.J. Huxham & G.S. Wodeman M 8 00001 - M 27 100000 2000
2nd October 1939 H.J. Huxham & G.S. Wodeman M 28 00001 - M 35 50000 750 30K
2nd October 1939 H.J. Huxham & G.S. Wodeman M 35 50001 - M 35 100000 50

Flags: LK Booklets bound locally; Booklets issued 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 on front cover at center in Green huge Rs. 2.

The is some significant variety in the colors used.

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 needs to be scanned at 300 dpi and displayed at 50 dpi.