Government of Ceylon : 1941 - 1949
George VI Pictorial - Rs. 5.

King George VI Pictorial Five Rupees currency note issued dated from 1941 September 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.
1944_kgvi_r5_front 1941_02_kgvi_r5_back
LK:SCWPM #036
The Notes are 140 by 89 mm i.e. 5 1/2 by 3 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 : Brown 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 FIVE RUPEES in single lines in center and in figures 5 on the top two corners. GOVERNMENT of CEYLON above PROMISE TO PAY BEARER ON DEMAND THE SUM OF in three lines. The date 1ST FEBRUARY 1941 appears above the two facsimile signatures H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins with COMMISSIONERS OF CURRENCY below. The value රුපියල් පහයි 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 : Brown on Lilac and blue tint underprint with Micro printing text THE GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON. Pictorial at center with caption THUPARAMA DAGOBA with ruins and foliage in foreground. Centered on top THE GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON in an arc. The value in figures 5 in upper corners. Lower the value FIVE RUPEES centered and රුපියල් පහයි 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 G/4 834001 - G/7 334000 2500
20TH DECEMBER 1941 H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins G/7 334001 - G/7 834000 500 25K
20TH DECEMBER 1941 H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins G/7 834001 - G/7 924000 90
19TH SEPTEMBER 1942 H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins G/7 924001 - G/12 424000 4500
19TH SEPTEMBER 1942 H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins G/12 424001 - G/12 924000 500 25K
19TH SEPTEMBER 1942 H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins G/12 924001 - G/12 964000 400
4TH AUGUST 1943 H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins G/12 964001 - G/17 464000 4500
4TH AUGUST 1943 H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins G/17 464001 - G/17 964000 500 25K

Date on BankNoteSignatures of
Commissioners of Currency
Range of Serial #Mintage
in K
Booklets
4TH AUGUST 1943 H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins G/17 964001 - G/19 714000 1750
4TH AUGUST 1943 H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins G/19 714001 - G/19 964000 250 12.5K
4TH AUGUST 1943 H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins G/19 964001 - G/19 1000000 36
12TH JULY 1944 H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins G/20 000001 - G/20 1000000 1000 50K
12TH JULY 1944 H.J. Huxham & C.H. Collins G/21 000001 - G/29 690000 8690
24TH JUNE 1945 O.E. Goonetilleke & C.H. Collins G/29 690001 - G/30 690000 1000 50K
24TH JUNE 1945 O.E. Goonetilleke & C.H. Collins G/30 690001 - G/36 1000000 6310
7TH MAY 1946 O.E. Goonetilleke & C.E. Jones G/37 000001 - G/37 065000 65
7TH MAY 1946 O.E. Goonetilleke & C.E. Jones G/37 065001 - G/37 815000 750 37.5
7TH MAY 1946 O.E. Goonetilleke & C.E. Jones G/37 815001 - G/40 839000 3024
1ST MARCH 1947 O.E. Goonetilleke & C.E. Jones G/40 839001 - G/41 839000 1000 50K
1ST MARCH 1947 O.E. Goonetilleke & C.E. Jones G/41 839001 - G/41 859000 20
1ST JUNE 1948 C.E. Jones & T.D. Perera G/41 859001 - G/4? 859000 ??K
1ST JUNE 1948 C.E. Jones & T.D. Perera G/4? 859001 - G/45 859000
1ST MARCH 1949 C.E. Jones & T.D. Perera G/45 859001 - G/4? ??9000 ??K
1ST MARCH 1949 C.E. Jones & T.D. Perera G/4? ??9001 - G/47 359000
1ST MARCH 1949 C.E. Jones & T.D. Perera G/47 359001 - G/48 533000 1174 58.7K
1ST MARCH 1949 C.E. Jones & T.D. Perera G/48 ???001 - G/48 973000

Booklets issued with 20 Notes each with single staple on left on 1/4 inch (6 mm) perforated counterfoil with navy soft board covers on front and back. Printed on front cover GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON underlined with 20 CURRENCY NOTES OF Rs. 5. in 3 lines below.

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 note waa scanned at 300 dpi and displayed at 50 dpi.