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Ceylon refers to the island of (Sri) Lanka, and the colonial status of the island under (primarily) the Dutch and British. It was inhabited by various local kingdoms that issued their own coinage, such as the Kingdom of Kandy, until Portuguese colonial presence was established in the 16th century. The Dutch East Indies Company took over the whole island in the 17th century, but during the Napoleonic Wars, the British occupied the island in 1802, and the colony was officially seceded to the British in 1815. Coins were issued vis-à-vis the old Dutch Rixdollar until 1828; the Ceylon Rupee's coins were introduced in 1870. After WWII, when the British Indian Raj became independent in 1947, Ceylon was elevated to dominion status in 1948 too; it's independence in this form lasted until 1972, when it became a republic (Sri Lanka) within the Commonwealth. Read more

See also: Sri Lanka, Lanka - Medieval

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Rupee (1871-1972)

100 Cents = 1 Rupee

5 Cents
1942
Standard banknote
57 × ? mm
P# 42
10 Cents
1942-1943
Standard banknote
95 × 43 mm
P# 43
1 Rupee
1956-1963
Standard banknote
108 × 60 mm
P# 56
2 Rupees
1956-1962
Standard banknote
121 × 67 mm
P# 57
2 Rupees
1965-1968
Standard banknote
114 × 58 mm
P# 67
10 Rupees
1951
Standard banknote
P# 48

Rupee (1972-date)

100 Cents = 1 Rupee

Available for swap
10 Rupees
1969-1977
Standard banknote
139 × 69 mm
P# 74

Trial Strikes (1871-1972)

100 Cents = 1 Rupee

50 Rupees
1970
78 × 150 mm
P# 77

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