Government of Ceylon
WWII Uniface 25 cent note of January 1, 1942

January 1, 1942 emergency issue of subsidiary notes of the denomination of twenty five cents to tide over shortage of Silver coins. The locally printed uniface notes were demonetized on 1942 June 19th and ceased to be legal tender with effect 1942 July 15th.

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1942_uf_25c_watermark The Notes are 89 by 64 mm i.e. 3 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches.
Printed by Ceylon Government Press.
Water-mark : The left or right half water-mark which has word RESTRICTION in a line in middle with CEYLON GOVERNMENT in two arcs above and below forming an ellipse.

Front : Green Under-print motif of a large (36mm) circle at center with two smaller (24mm) circles centered at 3 an 9 O'clock on rim. In Black Text, the words Twenty Five Cents in English, ශත විසිපහ Sinhala and Tamil in three lines. The Numerical value 25 with Twenty Five Cents in text below within double line box on right. THE GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON on upper left in one line. Just below the words in 2 lines This note is legal tender for the payment of a sum not exceeding Five Rupees. Below Serial number on left and 2 signatures H. J. Huxham & C. H. Collins with Commissioners of Currency below on right. Date January 1, 1942 on left.

Back : Blank

The notes were printed on one-side of Ceylon Government Security paper used to print Coupons for Tea and Rubber Export Controller of Ceylon.

Date on BankNoteSignatures of
Commissioners of Currency
Range of Serial #Mintage
in K
January 1, 1942H. J. Huxham & C. H. CollinsA/1 000001 - A/4 120000 4120K

Note American style date used only on these locally printed notes.

According to Sri Lanka Currency of Recent Times 1938-1985 by T. M. U. Sallay, published in 1986 Colombo:Central Bank of Sri Lanka 107,276 of these notes (2.6%) remain unsurrendered. Notes A/4 120001 - A/4 240000 were probably never issued as they are not mentioned in the demontisation notice of 1942 June 19th.

The note was scanned at 300 dpi and displayed at 50 dpi.

All of these WWII fractional currency notes were only legal tender for payment of amounts less than Five Rupees. Maybe it was the lack of security features that made the Currency Board impose this limit.

This circulated note from WWII Ceylon which is not as rare as the 50c note, issued at same time
A very good but dirty note was first obtained in 2000 August from a shop in Kandy and subsequently a VF grad note (shown above) was won on ebay in 2002 March.
The unc note also shown above which shows the left half of watermark is from the collection of Mr Leonard Konstz.