Front : Brown on Green underprint with huge FIFTY at center
Promises to pay the Bearer on Demand the Sum of.
In a 5 ¾-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 center bracketed with COMMISSIONERS OF
CURRENCY. in two lines to right.
Printer name THOS.DE LA RUE & CO LTD LONDON. at upper edge of
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 BankNote||Signatures of|
Commissioners of Currency
|Range of Serial #||Mintage|
|1st July 1929||F.G. Tyrrell & W.W. Woods||C/6 50001 - C/6 100000||50|
|9th July 1931||W.W. Woods & F.G. Tyrrell||C/7 00001 - C/7 50000||50|
| Removed bar between the Letter and number of Serial prefix.|
Full complement of 5 Secret Marks incorporated.
| 2||H.J. Huxham & W.E. Wait || C 7 50001 - C 7 100000|| 50
|| 18th June 1936 ||H.J. Huxham & M.M. Wedderbum || C 8 00001 - C 8 50000|| 50
|| 2||H.J. Huxham & G.S. Wodeman || C 8 50001 - C 8 100000|| 50
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 74 dpi image is from a Spink Auction Listing and displayed at 50 dpi. The stamp SPECIMEN on top and bottom margins has been digitally erased. If you have this note, I would be grateful to get a 300 dpi scan which will be posted with desired acknowledgement.