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Sri Lanka commemorative 500-rupee note confirmed

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According to a press release dated 8 November 2013, on 15 November the Central Bank of Sri Lanka began issuing 5 million 500-rupee notes commemorating the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Sri Lanka from 15 to 17 November 2013. The note is like the preceding issues, but with a purple CHOGM 2013 Sri Lanka logo instead of a butterfly at the lower left front, decorative artwork flanking the electrotype watermark, new date, and serial numbers from T/51 000001- T/55 1000000.

A limited number of commemorative notes with low serial numbers packaged in a folder will be sold at a price of Rs. 800 each at the Economic History Museum, at No. 54 Chatham Street, Colombo 1, and the Central Bank Provincial Offices at Anuradhapura, Jaffna, Matale, Matara, and Trincomalee.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below.

Courtesy of Dilminidu Samarasekara.

Ceylon chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Ceylon cover

The Ceylon chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 19-page catalog covers every note (273 types and varieties, including 49 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Central Bank of Ceylon from 1951 to 1985. Published 15 March 2013.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Sri Lanka notes to include Tamil text in future

According to an article on Ceylon Today dated 14 September 2012, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka will include Tamil text on banknotes to be issued in the future, in keeping with the country’s language policy. The new notes will include the words "this currency note issued on behalf the Government of Sri Lanka is valid for any financial transaction within Sri Lanka" in the Tamil language. Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal has agreed to provide equal prominence to all three languages (English, Sinhala, and Tamil) when issuing banknotes in future.

Sri Lanka chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Sri Lanka cover

The Sri Lanka chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 10-page catalog covers every note (89 types and varieties, including 24 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka from 1987 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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If you collect the entire world or a large number of countries, buying a $99 annual subscription is the best deal because it's less expensive than buying chapters individually, and it entitles you to every chapter currently available as well as everything published—or revised (click here to see the Change Log)—during the next 12 months.

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Sri Lanka new series numismatic product confirmed


The Central bank of Sri Lanka issued a set of all six notes from the new 2010 series with matching serial numbers in a special folder with descriptive text.

Anyone interested in buying one of these sets can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Dilminidu Samarasekara.

Sri Lanka new 5,000-rupee note rumored

In an e-Biz Sri Lanka article dated 7 September 2010, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka is said to be considering issuing a 5,000-rupee (US$44.50) banknote to commemorate the bank’s 60th anniversary, as well as other denominations from 20 to 1,000 rupees depicting scenes of “Development and Prosperity” and “Sri Lankan Dancers.” The new notes are expected in 2011.

Sri Lanka new date (03.07.2006) 100-rupee note confirmed


100 rupees (US$0.90), 2006-07-03. Like P118, but new date and new signatures (Mahinda Rajapaksa and Ajith Nivard Cabraal).

Courtesy of TDS.

Sri Lanka replaces 10-rupee note with coin


On 5 April 2010 the Central Bank of Sri Lanka issued a new 10-rupee (US$0.10) coin to replace the banknote (Pick 108 and 115) of the same denomination.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Sri Lanka new 1,000-rupee commemorative confirmed


According to a press release, on 17.11.2009 the Central Bank of Sri Lanka introduced a new 1,000-rupee (US$8.75) commemorative banknote to mark the ushering of peace and prosperity to Sri Lanka.

In terms of section 52 A (1) (a) and ( b) of the Monetary Law Act (Amendment) No.6 of 1998, with the approval of the Hon. Minister of Finance, the Central Bank issues commemorative coins and notes. The Central Bank of Sri Lanka issued the first commemorative note to mark the 50th Anniversary of Independence of Sri Lanka in 1998 and this is the second commemorative note that is being issued.

The theme on the obverse of the note is one country and one nation in harmony, progressing towards prosperity under the leadership of His Excellency President, Mahinda Rajapaksa. The obverse depicts the image of His Excellency President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, which is to the right of the note. A map of Sri Lanka with the rising sun in the background and a “Punkalasa” with ears of paddy at center left depicts territorial integrity and prosperity respectively, that are results of national harmony and peace.

The valiant contribution made by the nation’s victorious sons and daughters of the security forces and the police is the theme on the reverse of the note. The design at the center depicts the hoisting of the national flag by members of the security forces. Images of the Mavil Aru annicut and Thoppigala rock (Baron’s Cap) that were turning points of humanitarian operations of the security forces appear in the background.

The size of the note is 157 mm x 78.5 mm and the predominant colour is blue. The notes are identified by a serial prefix of Q and the numbers of the notes are starting from Q/1 000001 onwards and appear on the obverse in Arabic numerals, horizontally on the left and vertically on the right of the note.

The note contains several current security features. The watermark depicting the heraldic lion of Sri Lanka, with the sword highlighted in a panel clear of printing and Cornerstones as hitherto used in current Sri Lanka Rs 1000 note, 1.2 mm wide windowed clear text security thread, see-through feature in exact registration and invisible fluorescent printing have been incorporated in the note.
The note carries the signatures in facsimile of His Excellency the President and Minister of Finance, Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Mr Ajith Nivard Cabraal, with the date 2009-05-20.

The note was issued to His Excellency President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, by the Governor of the Central Bank, Mr Ajith Nivard Cabraal on 17th November 2009 at the John Exter International Conference Hall of the Central Bank in Colombo. A limited number of notes with the first serial numbers in an attractive folder will be issued at a price of Rs. 1,500 each.

The note will be legal tender in Sri Lanka for the payment of any amount and will be a liability of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka whilst in circulation.

Courtesy of Aidan Work and Vincent Tan.

Sri Lanka new date (03.07.2006) 2,000-rupee note confirmed


2,000 rupees (US$17.40). Like Pick 121, but new date (2006-07-03) and new signatures.

Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares.

Sri Lanka unveils new notes to be issued soon








According to a booklet produced by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to highlight events planned to celebrate its 60th anniversary, a new series of banknotes was scheduled to be issued 3 March 2011. However, according to a more recent AsianTribute article, the notes are expected “next month,” and indications are they may be issued as early as 4 February.

The denomination structure of the new series will be 20, 50, 100, 500, 1,000, and 5,000 rupees (for a total face value of approximately US$60). The note series was designed by two Sri Lankan artists selected from an island-wide competition. The themes of the new notes are Development and Prosperity, and Sri Lankan Dancers. The fronts of the new notes bear artistict impressions of selected development projects in Sri Lanka and native birds and butterflies. The backs depict Sri Lankan traditional dancers and guard stones in a background of a map of Sri Lanka.

Like the current series of notes, the new notes have vertically-oriented backs. They appear to be printed by DLR, are dated 2010-01-01, and signed by Mahinda Rajapaksa and Ajith Nivard Cabraal.

More info can be found on this web page and in this document.

Courtesy of Aidan Work, Jean-Michel Engels, and Tod Hunt.

Sri Lanka new date (2006-07-03) 1,000-rupee note confirmed


1,000 rupees (US$9.25), 2006-07-03. Like P120, but new date and new signatures. Printer: Thomas De La Rue and Company Limited.

Courtesy of Wally Myers.

Sri Lanka new date (2005) 500-rupee note confirmed


500 rupees, 2005-11-19. Issued 17.10.2006. Like Pick 119, but new signatures (Mahinda Rajapaksa, Minister of Finance; Mr Sunil Mendis, Governor), “H/112” prefix, and new security features including red-to-green 3-mm StarChrome windowed security thread with butterflies, and Cornerstone wmk.

Sri Lanka issues first ever 2,000-rupee note


2,000 rupees, 2005-11-02. Issued 17.10.2006. Peach, orange, and lime green on m/c unpt. Signatures: Dr Sarath L B Amunugama, Minister of Finance; Mr Sunil Mendis, Governor. Denomination in Sinhala, Tamil, and English. Security features include red-to-green 4-mm StarChrome windowed security thread, heraldic lion with sword wmk, Cornerstone wmk, registration device, fluorescent ink, microlettering, and intaglio printing. Sigiriya Rock at center, Sesatha (ceremonial flag) at right. Sigiriya fresco and iridescent stripe on back (vertical format). Printer: De La Rue (with imprint). 164 x 82 mm. First ever Rs2,000 (US$18.70) denomination note for Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka new date (2005-11-19) 20-rupee note confirmed


20 rupees (US$0.25), 2005-11-19. Like Pick 116, but new date and new signature. Printer: Thomas De La Rue and Company Limited.
 
Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Sri Lanka new date (2004-07-01) 20-rupee note confirmed


20 rupees (US$0.20), 2004-07-01. Like Pick 116, but new date and new signature. Printer: De La Rue 130 x 65 mm.
 
Courtesy of Menelaos Stamatelos, Southeastern Numismatics.