The first notes were shown to me by Priyadarshan who found two notes with year B.E. 2013 (1970 CE). Some time later Harry Gunawardena auctioned at a SLNS meeting six Fantasy notes from the late 1980's. In 2017 February Fred Medis auctioned eight which had Five older notes including the Fantasy Note printed for the Inauguration of J. R. Jayawardena as President, which had been reported in World Coin News back in April 1978. The collection now looked interesting to put online.
In addition I have some examples of fantasy notes used for marketing, and by minor political candidates at various elections. Both used for Direct Advertising are less interesting and does not justify attention here.
The First set of Notes have been issued in the name of Sri SangaBodhi Bank for the Ceylon General Elections held in 1960, 1965 and 1970, reflected by the Buddhist Era (B.E.) Years 2505, 2508 and 2513 which appear on these hand bills. They reflect the Sinhala Buddhist Culture introduced with the 1956 Sinhala Act of S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike of SLFP.
Issued by Thowfeek Stores Colombo. Currently the Thowfeek Stores, who are Glass Merchants, had no knowledge of these notes and may have changed hands and/or business. Need some archival research.
Other Unassociated Sri Lanka Fantasy notes
If you have any notes not shown on these pages please let me know and if
possible contribute a 300 dpi image scans of both sides.
Please correct any errors in my Sinhala Translation of text on these notes.