Government of Ceylon : 1942 - 1943
George VI - WWII - 10 cent notes

Fractional rupee currency note of 10 cents issued during the WWII metal shortage. Type has 3 dates with same Signature pair.

wwii_10c_gvi_front wwii_10c_gvi_back

The Notes are 95 by 44 mm i.e. 3 3/4 by 1 3/4 inches.
Printed by India Government Security Press.
Water-mark: None on paper of Unknown manufacture

Front : Blue and Multi color. The portrait of King George VI at center, the words TEN CENTS on both sides. The value 10c in figures at angle on the top two corners on either side of THE GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON in 2 lines. Just below the words in 3 lines continued on both side of portrait THIS NOTE IS LEGAL TENDER FOR PAYMENT OF AN AMOUNT NOT EXCEEDING FIVE RUPEES. Date on left in 2 lines, and 2 signatures of the COMMISSIONERS OF CURRENCY on right. The value ශත දහය in Sinhala Text on left and in Tamil Text on right.
Reverse : Blank except for Serial Number.

Date on BankNoteSignatures of
Commissioners of Currency
Range of Serial #Mintage
in K
1ST FEBRUARY 1942 H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins A/1 000001 - A/30 1000000 30000
14TH JULY 1942 H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins A/31 000001 - A/60 1000000 30000
23RD DECEMBER 1943H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins A/61 000001 - A/74 1000000 14000

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.

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.

The next denomination 25 cent Note also has portrait at center. The higher denominations 50 cent and all other Ceylon currency notes of both King George VI and Queen Elizabeth have the portrait on left.

The notes were scanned at 300 dpi and displayed at 50 dpi.
The AU 1943 note(above) is from a set of Ceylon WWII currency my father had saved.