Government of Ceylon : 1942 - 1949
George VI - WWII - 25 cent notes

Fractional rupee currency note of 25 cents issued during the WWII metal shortage. Type has 6 dates with 3 Signature pairs

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The Notes are 102 by 51 mm i.e. 4 by 2 inches.
Printed by India Government Security Press.
Water-mark: None on paper of Unknown manufacture.

Front : Brown and Multi color. The portrait of King George VI at center, the words TWENTY FIVE CENTS on either side. The value 25c 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 විසිපහ in Sinhala Text on left and in Tamil Text on right.
Back : Blank except for Serial Number.

Date on BankNoteSignatures of
Commissioners of Currency
Range of Serial #Mintage
in K
1ST FEBRUARY 1942H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins A/1 00000l - A/22 1000000 22000
14TH JULY 1942 H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins A/23 000001 - A/46 1000000 24000
7TH MAY 1946 O.E. Goonetilleke & C.E. Jones A/47 000001 - A/51 1000000 5000
1ST MARCH 1947 O.E. Goonetilleke & C.E. Jones A/52 000001 - A/57 184000 5184
1ST JUNE 1948 C.E. Jones & T.D. Perera A/57 184001 - A/61 816000 4632
1ST DECEMBER 1949 C.E. Jones & T.D. Perera A/61 816001 - A/?? ???000 ???

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. He does not list the last date listed above of which I have an Uncirculated note.

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.

Also interesting is the issue of these fractional notes both the 25 cents and 50 cents long after WWII. Brass coins were issued with fixed year 1943 in these denominations.

The lower denomination 10 cent Note also has portrait at center. The higher denomination 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 150 dpi. The almost blank reverse is scanned and posted at 75 dpi
The AU 1949 note(above) is from a set of Ceylon WWII currency my father had saved.

This note with A 67 prefix and other Unc notes I have seen with this prefix appear to have been printed on paper which have remained white unlike the paper on most of these subsidiary notes of even this same date, which are beige in color.

A circulated 1942 note I obtained from a lot of Ceylon WWII notes I won on eBay in 2002 July. Many of these notes brought back by WWII servicemen are getting on eBay, probably as their kids are not interested.