BankNotes from Sri Lanka (Ceylon)

Dutch Colonial : 1784 to 1796

Dutch Ceylan Rix Dollar 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, 1000 note

Kas Noot (Cash Note)
Value was stated in Dutch, Sinhala & Tamil
1796           : Colombo : Ryxd 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 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
180?-1820 : Colombo ; RD 1 note, 2, 5
1820-1830 : Colombo ; RD 1, 2 note, 5 ; With Dry Stamp

British Sterling notes 1825-1856
1827-1850 : Colombo : Silvester & Co £ 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50 notes
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
1844 :         Kandy ?  : £ 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50

The Mercantile Bank of India, London & China - Ceylon Branch
1853-1857 Colombo 5s
1853-1857 Kandy 5s
The Chartered Mercantile Bank of India, London & China - Ceylon Branch
Sterling Era : Pounds
1857-1869 Colombo - 10s, 1p, 5p, 10p
1857-1869 Kandy -
1863-1869 Galle -
Decimal Era : Rupees
1870-1884 Colombo - 5r, 10r, 50r, 100r, 500r, 1000r
1870-1884 Kandy - 5r, 10r, 50r
1870-1884 Galle - 5r, 10r, 100r

The Asiatic Banking Corporation
1864-1866 Colombo -
1864-1866 Kandy -

Oriental Bank Corporation
Oriental Bank - Ceylon Branch
1846-1850 Colombo -
Printed by Perkins Bacon and Company
1851-1880 Colombo -
1851-1880 Kandy -
1864-1880 Badulla -
1866-1880 Galle -
1864-1880 Jaffna -
1870-1880 Haldamulla -
Printed by Bradbury Wilkinson and Company
1881-1884 Colombo -
1881-1884 Kandy -
1881-1884 Badulla -
1881-1884 Galle -
1881-1884 Jaffna -
1876-1884 Newera Ellia -

Boer War P.O.W. Issues
Prisoners' Enclosure
1901-1902 - Diyatalawa Camp notes
1901-1902 - Ragama Camp notes
The Ceylon Ice and Cold Storage Company Store
1901-1902 - Ragama Camp notes
1901-1902 - Ragama Camp 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, 50 note
1942-06-01 : Cents 5 notes (2c+3c Stamp>image)
1942-1949 : Cents 10 notes, 25 notes, 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

Armorial Ensign of Ceylon
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)
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
1973-1974-07 : Rs 2, 5, 10 (+Sri)
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
1988-11-1990 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000

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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