Government of Ceylon : 1941 - 1947
George VI Pictorial - Rs 100

King George VI Pictorial One Hundred Rupees BankNote issued by the Board of Commissioners of Currency during WWII. Type has 5 dates with 3 Signature pairs between 1941 and 1947.
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The Notes are 178 by 127 mm i.e. 7 by 5 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 : Purple on blue, Green and brown underprint. Portrait of King George VI on the left, a water-mark panel on the right, and the value in words ONE HUNDRED RUPEES in 3 lines in center and in figures 100 on the top two sides. GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON in an arc above THIS NOTE IS LEGAL TENDER FOR PAYMENT OF ANY AMOUNT in five lines. The date appears above the facsimile signatures of two COMMISSIONERS OF CURRENCY. The value රුපියල් සියයයි 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 Red and Brown tint underprint with Micro printing text THE GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON. Pictorial at center with caption LAXAPANA WATERFALL with a large rock and steam in foreground and foliage in background. The value in figures 100 slanted on upper two corners on either side of GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON in an arc. Lower the value රුපියල් සියයයි in Sinhala on left and Text in Tamil on right.

Date on BankNoteSignatures of
Commissioners of Currency
Range of Serial #Mintage
in K
1ST SEPTEMBER 1941 H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins L/l 00001 - L/l 50000 50
4TH AUGUST 1943 H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins L/1 50001 - L/2 60000 110
12TH JULY 1944 H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins L/2 60001 - L/3 84000 124
24TH JUNE 1945 O.E. Goonetilleke & C.H. Collins L/3 84001 - L/19 14000 1530
1ST MARCH 1947 O.E. Goonetilleke & C.E. Jones L/19 14001 - L/21 70000 256

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 photograph of Lakapana Falls used by Artist for the line drawing used on the Rs 100 KGVI pictorial note. Note that the foreground rock has been reduced in size to show more of falls.

The King GVI Rs100 is a rare Banknote to find in any condition.
Replica without watermark with Serial Number L/15 76396 have been sold fradulently on eBay claiming to be a Genuine Unc note. The copy I have is about 9% smaller than original
The Unc Specimen note waa scanned at 300 dpi and displayed at 50 dpi. I thank Mr Tuan Sallay for it.