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 FIFTY RUPEES in 2 lines in center and
in figures 50 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 facsimile signatures of two
COMMISSIONERS OF CURRENCY.
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 : Purple on a Blue and Brown tint underprint with Micro printing text THE GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON. Pictorial at center with caption PADDY FIELD with two farmers, each using plough attached to two buffalos and Coconut plantation in background. The value in figures 50 slanted on upper two corners on either side of GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON in an arc. Lower the value රුපියල් පනහයි in Sinhala on left and Text in Tamil on right.
|Date on BankNote||Signatures of|
Commissioners of Currency
|Range of Serial #||Mintage|
|1ST SEPTEMBER 1941||H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins||K/l 00001 - K/2 16000||216|
|19TH SEPTEMBER 1942||H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins||K/2 16001 - K/2 69000||53|
|4TH AUGUST 1943||H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins||K/2 69001 - K/3 78000||109|
|12TH JULY 1944||H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins||K/3 78001 - K/7 38000||360|
|24TH JUNE 1945||O.E. Goonetilleke & C.H. Collins||K/7 38001 - K/20 53000||1315|
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 King GVI Rs50 is a extreamly rare Banknote to find in any condition.
The Unc Specimen note waa scanned at 300 dpi and displayed at 50 dpi. I thank Mr Tuan Sallay for it.