Government of Ceylon : 1941 - 1949
George VI Pictorial - Re. 1.

King George VI Pictorial One Rupee currency note issued with dates September 1941 to 1949 by the Board of Commissioners of Currency during WWII Type has 9 dates with 4 Signature pairs and legend This note is Legal Tender ... As they were also issued in booklets all Dates have two varieties left edge perforated or straight.
1949_kgvi_r1_front 1949_kgvi_r1_back
LK:SCWPM #034
The Notes are 114 by 64 mm i.e. 4 1/2 by 2 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 : Olive 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 ONE RUPEE in single lines in center and in figures 1 slanted on the top two corners. GOVERNMENT of CEYLON in an arc above THIS NOTE IS LEGAL TENDER FOR PAYMENT OF ANY AMOUNT in an arc and two lines. The date appears above the two facsimile signatures with COMMISSIONERS OF CURRENCY below. The centered Serial number below. Lower the value රුපියලයි in Sinhala on left and Text in Tamil on right.
Back : Olive on a Blue, Orange, Lilac tint underprint with Micro printing text THE GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON. Pictorial at center with caption ELEPHANT'S HEAD with a Mahoot riding, Coconut Palm behind and foliage in background. Centered on top THE GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON in an arc. The value in figures 1 slanted on the four corners. Lower the value රුපියලයි in Sinhala on left and Text in Tamil on right.

Date on BankNoteSignatures of
Commissioners of Currency
Range of Serial #Mintage
in K
Booklets
20TH DECEMBER 1941 H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins A/11 132001 - A/15 132000 4000
20TH DECEMBER 1941 H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins A/15 132001 - A/19 222000 4090 163.6K
19TH SEPTEMBER 1942 H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins A/19 222001 - A/31 222000 12000
19TH SEPTEMBER 1942 H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins A/31 222001 - A/34 750000 3528 141.12K
19TH SEPTEMBER 1942 H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins A/34 750001 - A/34 888000 138
4TH AUGUST 1943 H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins A/34 888001 - A/40 945000 6057
4TH AUGUST 1943 H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins A/40 945001 - A/42 945000 2000 80K
4TH AUGUST 1943 H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins A/42 945001 - A/42 995000 500
12TH JULY 1944 H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins A/42 995001 - A/45 495000 2500 100K
12TH JULY 1944 H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins A/45 495001 - A/52 790000 7295

 
Date on BankNoteSignatures of
Commissioners of Currency
Range of Serial #Mintage
in K
Booklets
24TH JUNE 1945 O.E. Goonetilleke & C.H. Collins A/52 790001 - A/56 790000 4000 160K
24TH JUNE 1945 O.E. Goonetilleke & C.H. Collins A/56 790001 - A/63 264000 6474
7TH MAY 1946 O.E. Goonetilleke & C.E. Jones A/63 264001 - A/66 264000 3000 120K
7TH MAY 1946 O.E. Goonetilleke & C.E. Jones A/66 264001 - A/71 348000 5084
1ST MARCH 1947 O.E. Goonetilleke & C.E. Jones A/71 348001 - A/74 348000 3000 120K
1ST MARCH 1947 O.E. Goonetilleke & C.E. Jones A/74 348001 - A/81 543000 7195
1ST JUNE 1948 C.E. Jones & T.D. Perera A/81 543001 - A/8? 543000 ??K
1ST JUNE 1948 C.E. Jones & T.D. Perera A/8? 543001 - A/91 543000
1ST MARCH 1949 C.E. Jones & T.D. Perera A/91 543001 - A/9? 543000 ??K
1ST MARCH 1949 C.E. Jones & T.D. Perera A/9? 543001 - A/99 1000000
1ST MARCH 1949 C.E. Jones & T.D. Perera B/l 000001 - B/4 543000 3543
1ST MARCH 1949 C.E. Jones & T.D. Perera B/4 543001 - B/7 611000 3068 122.72K
1ST MARCH 1949 C.E. Jones & T.D. Perera B/? ???001 - B/11 371000

Booklets issued with 25 Notes each with single staple on left on 1/4 inch (6 mm) perforated counterfoil with baige soft board covers on front and back. Printed on front cover GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON underlined with 25 CURRENCY NOTES OF Re. 1. in 3 lines below.

Notes have appered in numismatic market with no red color in front, and claimed to be a color variation. However, I have 3 Unc notes from the same booklet including the counterfoil. The Note which was the last note of the booklet has hardly any red color seen on two from middle of booklet. They clearly prove this effect to be color fading.

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 photograph of a Elephants head taken by Lionel Wendt clearly same Elephant and mahoot, probabaly on same shoot to that used by Artist for the line drawing used on the Rs 1 KGVI pictorial note. According to Fred Medis, Lionel Wendt sued the Commissioners of Currency for using his photograph without permission. I need to find this reference and the photograph used. This image was published in 1950 book Lionel Wendt's Ceylon, p.71
The Unc note was scanned at 300 dpi and displayed at 50 dpi.