BankNotes from Sri Lanka (Ceylon)

Dutch Colonial : 1784 to 1796

Dutch Ceylan Rix Dollar Notes Notes

Kredit Brief
Validity was stated in Dutch, Sinhala & Tamil
1785-05-10: Colombo : Ryxd 50, 100, 500, 1000 - Cancelled 1787-04-05
1785-1792 : Colombo : Ryxd 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 100, 200, 400, 500, 1000
1788           : Batticaloa : Ryxd 5, 10, 25, 50, 200, 500
1789-1790 : Trincomalee : Ryxd 25, 50, 100
All the above Kredit Breven dated before 1793 September 1st demonetized on 1793 December 17th
1793-11-15: Colombo : Ryxd 50
1794-1795 : Colombo : Ryxd 5 note, 10, 25, 50, 100, 200, 400, Ryxd 1000 note

Kas Noot (Cash Note)
Value was stated in Dutch, Sinhala & Tamil
1796           : Colombo : Ryxd 1, 2, Ryxd 3, Ryxd 4, Ryxd 5, Ryxd 10 notes
After 1796 February 15, 3% interest paid by British Government on Kredit Brief and Kash Noot

British Colonial : 1800 to 1884

Government of Ceylon, General Treasury
Value was stated in English, Sinhala & Tamil - No Interest

Rix Dollar Notes 1800-1824
1800          : RD 25, 50, 100
1814          : Colombo ; RD 1 note, 2, 5 ලන්කවේ(sic)
1820          : Colombo ; RD 1, 2, 5 notes ලංකවේ
1820-1830 : Colombo ; RD 1, 2 note, 5 ; With Dry Stamp

British Sterling Notes 1825-1856
1827-1850 : Colombo : Silvester & Co £1, £2 proofs, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50 (in English Only)
1850-1855 : Colombo : Perkins Bacon & Petch £1, £2, £5 notes

Private Banks : 1844 to 1884
Value was stated in English, Sinhala & Tamil

Bank of Ceylon : 1844-1849
1844 :         Colombo : £1, £2, £5, £10, £20, £50 notes

The Mercantile Bank of India, London & China - Ceylon Branch Notes
Printed at Batho & Co with Britannia Design
1857 :         Colombo 5s note
The Chartered Mercantile Bank of India, London & China - Ceylon Branch
Sterling Era : Pounds
1858-1863 Colombo - 10s, £1, £5, £10
1858 :         Kandy - 5s, 10s specimens (in English Only)
Printed by Perkins Bacon & Co London, with Royal Crest Design
1864-1869 Colombo - 10s, £1, £5, £10, £50 notes
1864-1869 Kandy - 10s, £1, £5 notes
Decimal Era : Rupees
1870-1884 Colombo - Rs 5, Rs 10, Rs 50, Rs 100, Rs 500, Rs 1000 notes
1870-1884 Kandy - Rs 5, Rs 10, Rs 50 notes
1880-1884 Galle - Rs 5, Rs 10, Rs 100 notes

The Asiatic Banking Corporation Notes
Large Uniface
1864-1866 Colombo 10s, £1, 5, £10 notes;
                  Kandy 10s, £1, £5, £10 notes
Smaller printed on Both faces
1864-1866 Colombo 10s note
                  Kandy 10s note

The Oriental Bank - Ceylon Branch Notes
Uniface Printed by Batho & Bingley, London.
1846-1850 Colombo - 10s, £1, £5, £10 notes
The Oriental Bank Corporation
Uniface undated Printed by Perkins Bacon & Co London.
1851-1859 Colombo - Rs 5 proof, Rs 10 - Rs 50, Rs 100, Rs 1000 notes
Biface dated before adoption Decimal
or the equivalent in the Currency of the Island
1860-1869 Colombo - Rs 5, Rs 10 notes - Rs 50 note Rs 100
1860-1869 Kandy - Rs 5, Rs 10 notes
1864-1869 Jaffna - Rs 5, Rs 10 notes
1864-1869 Badulla - Rs 5, Rs 10 notes
1866-1869 Galle - Rs 5, Rs 10 notes - Rs 50, Rs 100 notes
1860-1869 Ceylon - Rs 5 proof
Biface dated after Decimal Rupee Currency
1870-1880 Colombo - Rs 5, Rs 10 notes - Rs 50, Rs 100 note
1870-1880 Kandy - Rs 5, Rs 10 notes
1870-1880 Badulla - Rs 5, Rs 10 note
1870-1880 Galle - Rs 5, Rs 10 notes
1870-1880 Haldamulla - Rs 5, Rs 10 notes
1876-1880 Ceylon - Rs 5, Rs 10 proofs (for Newera Ellia)
Biface dated Printed by Bradbury Wilkinson & Co Engravers &c. London.
1881-1884 Colombo - Rs 5, Rs 10, Rs 50, Rs 100 notes
1881-1884 Kandy - Rs 5, Rs 10, Rs 50, Rs 100 notes
1881-1884 Jaffna - Rs 5, Rs 10 notes
1881-1884 Badulla - Rs 5, Rs 10 notes
1881-1884 Galle - Rs 5, Rs 10, Rs 50 notes,Rs 100
1881-1884 Newera Ellia - Rs 5, Rs 10 notes

Boer War P.O.W. Issue Notes
Prisoners' Enclosure
1901-1902 - Diyatalawa Camp 50cents, Re 1, Rs 5, Rs 10 notes
1901-1902 - Ragama Camp 10Cents, 25Cents, 50cents, Re 1, Rs 5 notes
The Ceylon Ice and Cold Storage Company Store
1901-1902 - Ragama Camp 10Cents, 15Cents, 25Cents, 50cents, Re 1, Rs 5 notes
1901-1902 - Ragama Camp 5Cents, 10Cents, 25Cents, 50cents, Re 1, Rs 5 notes Series B

The Government of Ceylon : 1885 to 1949

Issued by the Commisionor of Currency under act # of 1884

Government of Ceylon
Uniface currency hand signed at time of issue.
1885 : Rs 5 note, Rs 10 note, Rs 50 note, Rs 100 note,
Uniface facsimile signatures. 2 Serial
1887-1891 : Rs 5 notes, Rs 100 notes,
Uniface facsimile signatures. 4 Serial
1894-1926 : Rs 5 notes, Rs 10 notes, Rs 50 notes, Rs 100 notes, Rs 500 note, Rs 1000 notes,
1917-1939 : The Ceylon Rupee Note - Act # of 1917
1917 Re 1 notes, Rs 2 note, Rs 2 notes,
Ceylon Government Elephant logo behind
1925-1928 : Rs 2 notes, Rs 5 notes, Rs 10 notes,
Small Size with Ceylon Government Elephant logo behind
1929-1939 : Rs 5 notes, Rs 10 notes, Rs 50 notes, Rs 1000 notes,

Emergency WWII Fractional Issue
This note is legal tender for the Payment of a sum not exceeding Five Rupees
1942-01-01 : Cents 25 note, Cents 50 note
1942-06-01 : Cents 5 notes (2c+3c Stamp>image)
1942-1949 : Cents 10 notes, Cents 25 notes, Cents 50 notes (KGVI Portrait)

King George VI - Pictorial
Promise to pay the Bearer on Demand the Sum of
1941-02-01 : Re 1 note, Rs 2 note, Rs 5 note, Rs 10 note

This Note is Legal Tender for the Payment of Any Amount
1941-1949 : Re 1 notes, Rs 2 notes, Rs 5 notes, Rs 10 notes, Rs 50 notes, Rs 100 notes, Rs 1000 notes, Rs 10000 note

Independent Lanka

Central Bank of Ceylon : 1950 to 1985

King George VI
1951-01-20 : Rs 1, 10

Queen Elizabeth II
1952-1954 : Rs 1, 2, 5, 5, 10, 50, 100 notes

Armorial Ensign of Ceylon(Sinhala only Name of CBC)
1956-1959 : Rs 1, 2, 5, 10, 50, 100
1960-1963 : Rs 1, 2, 5, 10 (+Metal Thread)

S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike Portrait
1962-1965-04 : Rs 2, 5, 10 ,50, 100
1970 : Rs 50, 100 (Hand Raised)
1971 : Rs 100 (+UV Security)

King Parakramabahu
1965-09-1968 : Rs 2, 5, 10, 50, 100
1969 : Rs 50, 100(+Tamil&English Name of CBC)
1969-1972.4 : Rs 2, 5, 10

Republic of Sri Lanka : Since 1972 May 22

S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike Portrait
1972-1975 : Rs 50, 100 (+Sri +UV Security)

King Parakramabahu
1973 : Rs 2, 5, 10 (+Sri)
1974-07 : Rs 5, 10 (+leading 0 in dates)
1974-08-1977 : Rs 2. 5, 10 (+UV Security)

Armorial Ensign of Sri Lanka
1977 : Rs 50, 100

Fauna and Flora
1979 : Rs 2, 5, 10, 20 ,50, 100

Historical and Archaeological
1981-1985 : Rs 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000

Central Bank of Sri Lanka : Since 1986

Historical and Development
1987-1988-02 10, 100, 500, 1000 (UV-orange)
1988-11-1990 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000 (UV-Green)

Sri Lanka Heritage
1991-1994 : Rs 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000
1995-2006 : Rs 10, 20, 50, 100 (blanked emblem)
1995 : Rs 500, 1000
2001-2004 : Rs 500, 1000 (Wide Security with Monogram)
2005-2006 : Rs 500, 1000, 2000 (Wide Security with Text)

Development, Prosperity and Sri Lankan Dancers Notes
2010 : Rs 20 notes, Rs 50 notes, Rs 100 notes, Rs 500 notes, Rs 1000 notes, Rs 5000 notes

Commemorative issues

CBSL Commemorative Notes
1998 Sri Lanka Independence - 50th Anniversary - Rs 200 notes
2009 The Ushering of Peace and Prosperity in Sri Lanka - Rs 1000 note
2013 Commenwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM Sri Lanka) - Rs 500 note

Official Patterns

Exonumia

1941-1942 : Rubber Export Coupons
1941 : Tea Coupons

Fantasy

1965-2009 : Political Notes

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