Government of Ceylon : 1947
George VI Pictorial - Rs 10,000

King George VI Pictorial Ten Thousand Rupees BankNote issued by the Board of Commissioners of Currency dated 15th October 1947, it was introduced in 1947 December for inter-bank transactions only.
1947_kgvi_r10000_front 1947_kgvi_r10000_back
LK:SCWPM #047
The Notes are 191 by 140 mm i.e. 7 1/2 by 5 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 : 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. The value 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 BankNoteSignatures of
Commissioners of Currency
Range of Serial #Mintage
in K
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.

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.