The Central Bank is coming out with a fresh batch of new currency notes called “Sri Lanka Heritage Series.” The Central Bank is coming out with a fresh batch of new currency notes called “Sri Lanka Heritage Series.” The new series will cover all denominations – Rs. 1,000, Rs. 500, Rs. 50, Rs. 10 – bearing the date April 10, 2004, the bank said in statement Thursday.
“These notes will bear the serial prefixes and numbers G/131 000001 onwards in respect of Rs.1000, H/87 000001 onwards in respect of Rs.500, K/190 000001 onwards in respect of Rs.50 and M/347 190001 onwards in respect of Rs.10.”
The new notes will be circulated along with the existing notes in circulation. The notes will be legal tender in Sri Lanka and a liability of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile, Finance Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama denied speculations that his signature was appearing on a fresh batch of Rs. 1000 notes.
“My signature was taken when I took office a few months back, and is only found on the new batch of Rs. 50 notes that have been put back to circulation to replace existing notes which are routinely destroyed,” Amunugama told reporters on Tuesday.
The main opposition United National Party has accused the government of printing new money.
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