Government of Ceylon : 1941
George VI Pictorial - Re. 1.

King George VI Pictorial One Rupee currency note issued dated 1st February 1941 by the Board of Commissioners of Currency during WWII with legend Promise to Pay ...
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The Notes are 114 by 64 mm i.e. 4 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches.
Printed by lithography process in India Government Security Press.
Water-mark: Ratnapura Raised Lion with whip on paper manufactured by Messrs Portals Ltd.

Front : Olive on Lilac and blue underprint. Portrait of King George VI on the left, a water-mark panel on the right, and the value in words ONE RUPEES in single lines in center and in figures 1 on the top two corners. GOVERNMENT of CEYLON in an arc above PROMISE TO PAY BEARER ON DEMAND THE SUM OF in an arc and two lines. The date 1ST FEBRUARY 1941 appears above the two facsimile signatures H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins with COMMISSIONERS OF CURRENCY below. The centered Serial number below. Lower the value රුපියලයි in Sinhala on left and Text in Tamil on right.
Back : Olive on a Blue, Orange, Lilac tint underprint with Micro printing text THE GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON. Pictorial at center with caption ELEPHANT'S HEAD with a Mahoot riding, Coconut Palm behind and foliage in background. Centered on top THE GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON in an arc. The value in figures 1 slanted on the four corners. Lower the value රුපියලයි in Sinhala on left and Text in Tamil on right.

Date on BankNoteSignatures of
Commissioners of Currency
Range of Serial #Mintage
in K
1ST FEBRUARY 1941H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins A/1 000001 - A/5 1000000 5000
1ST FEBRUARY 1941H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins A/6 000001 - A/10 1000000 5000 200K
1ST FEBRUARY 1941H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins A/11 000001 - A/11 132000 132

Booklets issued with 25 Notes each with single staple on left on 1/4 inch (6 mm) perforated counterfoil with baige soft board covers on front and back. Printed on front cover GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON underlined with 25 CURRENCY NOTES OF Re. 1. in 3 lines below.

The notes were demonetized with all notes dated before 1950 December 31st on 1955 August 26th and ceased to be legal tender with effect 1956 August 31st.

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 Unc Specimen note waa scanned at 300 dpi and displayed at 50 dpi. I thank Mr Tuan Sallay for it.