Front : Green 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 TEN THOUSAND RUPEES in 3 lines in center and
in figures 10000 on the top two corners. GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON
above THIS NOTE IS LEGAL TENDER FOR PAYMENT OF ANY AMOUNT
in two lines.
The date 15TH OCTOBER 1947
appears below the two facsimile signatures of C.E. Jones & T.D. Perera
COMMISSIONERS OF CURRENCY.
රුපියල් දහදාහයි in Sinhala on upper left and
Text in Tamil on lower right.
The Serial number on the lower left hand side and upper right hand side.
Back : Green on a Lilac and blue tint underprint with Micro printing text THE GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON. Pictorial at center with caption KANDY LAKE with small island. Foliage in foreground and the city of Kandy with the Temple of the Tooth Relic and mountains in background. The value in figures 10000 slanted on upper two corners on either side of GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON in an arc. Lower the value රුපියල් දහදාහයි in Sinhala on left and Text in Tamil on right.
|Date on BankNote||Signatures of|
Commissioners of Currency
|Range of Serial #||Mintage|
|15TH OCTOBER 1947||C.E. Jones & T.D. Perera||N/1 00001 - N/5 10000||50|
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.
On right is a scan of a Post Card and the photograph of Kandy Lake used by Artist for the line drawing used on the Rs 10,000 KGVI pictorial note.
The Unc Specimen note waa scanned at 300 dpi and displayed at 50 dpi. I thank Mr Tuan Sallay for it.
The King GVI Rs10000 is only known as a Specimen and probably the most
valuable Ceylon Banknote. Two specimens in CBSL Currency Museum are
sadly gummed on to panel and faded over many decades of display.
I was once told by a dealer that about 20 of these Specimens are available with collectors worldwide. Some SPECIMEN stamped on notes with non-zero Serial number.