Banknotes from Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an island nation in the Indian Ocean close to Southeast India and has a population of 20 million. Until 1972 it was known as Ceylon. 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.
Wikidata: Q854

See also: Kingdom of Kandy

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Rupee (1871-1972)

100 Cents = 1 Rupee

5 Cents
1942

Standard banknote
57 mm
P# 42, N# 215230
10 Cents
1942-1943

Standard banknote
95 × 43 mm
P# 43, N# 215231
Available for swap 25 Cents
1942-1949

Standard banknote: War Year 1942
101 × 51 mm
P# 44, N# 259163
50 Cents
1942-1949

Standard banknote

P# 45, N# 237578
Available for swap 1 Rupee
1917-1939

Standard banknote
114 × 64 mm
P# 16, N# 314868
Available for swap 1 Rupee
1941-1949

Standard banknote

P# 34, N# 231196
1 Rupee - George VI
1951

Standard banknote
107 × 59 mm
P# 47, N# 267314
Available for swap 1 Rupee
1952-1954

Standard banknote

P# 49, N# 237580
Available for swap 1 Rupee
1956-1963

Standard banknote
108 × 60 mm
P# 56, N# 214256
2 Rupees (Elephant)
1925-1939

Standard banknote
126 × 76 mm
P# 21, N# 336477
2 Rupees
1941

Standard banknote
128 × 76 mm
P# 31, N# 266445
Available for swap 2 Rupees
1941-1949

Standard banknote
128 × 76 mm
P# 35, N# 233689
2 Rupees
1952-1954

Standard banknote

P# 50, N# 300629
2 Rupees
1956-1962

Standard banknote
121 × 67 mm
P# 57, N# 214258
2 Rupees
1965-1968

Standard banknote
114 × 58 mm
P# 67, N# 207719
2 Rupees
1969-1972

Standard banknote
113 × 57 mm
P# 72, N# 224329
Available for swap 5 Rupees
1941-1949

Standard banknote

P# 36, N# 235081
5 Rupees
1962-1964

Standard banknote
124 × 63 mm
P# 63, N# 287382
5 Rupees
1965-1969

Standard banknote
125 × 64 mm
P# 68, N# 298684
10 Rupees
1941-1946

Standard banknote
152 × 102 mm
P# 36A, N# 291322
10 Rupees
1951

Standard banknote

P# 48, N# 202278
10 Rupees
1956-1963

Standard banknote
145 × 79 mm
P# 59, N# 301981
10 Rupees
1964

Standard banknote
140 × 70 mm
P# 64, N# 327427
10 Rupees
1969-1971

Standard banknote
139 × 69 mm
P# 74, N# 209848
50 Rupees
1967-1968

Standard banknote
151 × 79 mm
P# 70, N# 281924
50 Rupees
1970

Standard banknote
150 × 78 mm
P# 77, N# 210473
100 Rupees
1970

Standard banknote

P# 78, N# 232688

Rupee (1972-date)

100 Cents = 1 Rupee

Available for swap 2 Rupees (Central Bank of Ceylon)
1973-1977

Standard banknote
114 × 58 mm
P# 72A, N# 207724
Available for swap 2 Rupees (Central Bank of Ceylon)
1979

Standard banknote
108 × 59 mm
P# 83, N# 210421
Available for swap 5 Rupees (Central Bank of Ceylon)
1969-1977

Standard banknote
126 × 63 mm
P# 73A, P# 73, N# 207728
Available for swap 5 Rupees (Central Bank of Ceylon)
1979

Standard banknote
117 × 63 mm
P# 84, N# 210424
Available for swap 5 Rupees (Central Bank of Ceylon)
1982

Standard banknote
117 × 63 mm
P# 91, N# 210452
Available for swap 10 Rupees (Central Bank of Ceylon)
1973-1977

Standard banknote
139 × 69 mm
P# 74A, N# 214065
10 Rupees (Central Bank of Ceylon)
1979

Standard banknote
128 × 65 mm
P# 85, N# 210440
Available for swap 10 Rupees (Central Bank of Ceylon)
1982-1985

Standard banknote
128 × 67 mm
P# 92, N# 210453
Available for swap 10 Rupees (Central Bank of Sri Lanka)
1987-1990

Standard banknote
127 × 67 mm
P# 96, N# 210651
Available for swap 10 Rupees
1991-1994

Standard banknote
122 × 61 mm
P# 102, N# 203636
Available for swap 10 Rupees
1995-2006

Standard banknote
122 × 61 mm
P# 108, N# 203323
20 Rupees (Central Bank of Ceylon)
1979

Standard banknote
136 × 69 mm
P# 86, N# 210443
Available for swap 20 Rupees (Central Bank of Ceylon)
1982-1985

Standard banknote
130 × 70 mm
P# 93, N# 215383
Available for swap 20 Rupees (Central Bank of Sri Lanka)
1988-1990

Standard banknote
137 × 70 mm
P# 97, N# 211370
Available for swap 20 Rupees
1991-1994

Standard banknote
129 × 64 mm
P# 103, N# 211369
Available for swap 20 Rupees
1995-2006

Standard banknote
129 × 65 mm
P# 109, N# 202259
Available for swap 20 Rupees
2010-2021

Standard banknote
128 × 67 mm
P# 123, N# 203329
Available for swap 50 Rupees (Central Bank of Ceylon)
1972-1974

Standard banknote

P# 79A, N# 235507
50 Rupees (Central Bank of Ceylon)
1977

Standard banknote

P# 81, N# 235508
50 Rupees (Central Bank of Ceylon)
1979

Standard banknote
144 × 72 mm
P# 87, N# 210448
Available for swap 50 Rupees (Central Bank of Ceylon)
1982

Standard banknote
146 × 73 mm
P# 94, N# 215385
Available for swap 50 Rupees (Central Bank of Sri Lanka)
1988-1990

Standard banknote

P# 98, N# 238917
Available for swap 50 Rupees
1991-1994

Standard banknote
136 × 68 mm
P# 104, N# 252602

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