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Sri Lanka's new currency notes from today
07 Feb, 2011 08:23:37
Feb 07, 2011 (LBO) - Sri Lanka's central bank has issued a new series of currency notes featuring economic infrastructure, traditional dancers and birds including a newly discovered endemic owl species.
Based on a theme of 'development, prosperity and Sri Lanka dancers, it is the 11th series of notes issued since the creation of the monetary authority in 1950.

The new series has a new 5,000 rupee note and the 10 rupee note has been dropped. The notes are available to the public from commercial banks from today. It was ceremonially issued to President Mahinda Rajapaksa on February 04.

Given below are the details of the notes released by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka

Rs.20 128 x 67 mm Maroon
Rs.50 133 x 67 mm Blue
Rs.100 138 x 67 mm Orange
Rs.500 143 x 67 mm Purple
Rs.1000 148 x 67 mm Green
Rs.5000 153 x 67 mm Gold

The main difference between the existing series and the new series is the size of the notes. The width of all notes in the new series is the same for all denominations, while the length increases by 5 mm from the lowest denomination to the highest.

The notes carry the signatures in facsimile of the Minister of Finance, President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Governor of the Central Bank, Ajith Nivard Cabraal and date January 01, 2010

Rs 20 note

The front of the note depicts an artist’s impression of a recent view of the Port of Colombo and an early view of the Port is in the background. The bird Sri Lanka Serendib Scops Owl appears to the right side of the note and on the lower left side of the note the butterfly, the Baronet appears.

When viewed vertically, on the back of the note at the centre, a traditionalVes dancer and a Geta Bera drummer are depicted. A guard stone with a Punkalasa (pot of plenty) which is a symbol of prosperity is on the right of the note. A stylized floral motif, Liya Vela appears along the right side of the note.

Rs 50 note

The front of the note depicts an artist’s impression of the newly constructed bridge at Manampitiya alongside the old bridge common to both road vehicles and trains. An ancient railway arch bridge in Sri Lanka appears in the background. To the right side of the note depicts the bird, Sri Lanka Dull Blue Flycatcher and the butterfly, the Blue Oakleaf appears on the lower left side of the note.

When viewed vertically, on the back of the note at the centre, a traditional Vadiga Patuna dancer and a Yak Bera drummer appear. To the top right of the note appears a Punkalasa Guard Stone and a Liya Vela appears along the right side of the note.

Rs 100 note

The front of the note depicts an artist’s impression of the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant Project and the Laxapana waterfall with power cables surrounding it in the background. The bird, Sri Lanka Orange Billed Babbler appears on the right side and the butterfly, the Autumn Leaf appears on the lower left side.

When viewed vertically, on the back of the note, a Bharatanatyam dancer and a Mridangam drummer are depicted at the centre. A Naga Guard Stone appears to the top right of the note and a double floral design called a Dvithva Liya Vela appears along the right side of the note.

Rs 500 note

The front of the note depicts an artist’s impression of the World Trade Centre and Bank of Ceylon Headquarters in the city of Colombo and the ancient Buddhist temple Lankathilaka Viharaya at Kandy in the background. The bird Sri Lanka Emerald Collared Parakeet (Layard’s Parakeet) depicts on the right side of the note and on the lower left side appears the butterfly, the Ceylon Indigo Royal.

When viewed vertically, on the back of the note, a Thelme dancer and a Yak Bera drummer are depicted. On the top right of the note appears a Padmanidhi guard stone and a Dvithva Liya Vela appears along the right side of the note.

Rs 1000 note

On the front of the note, depicts an artist’s impression of the newly constructed Ramboda Tunnel with the rock wall at the same location before construction, in the background. The bird Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot is depicted to the right side of the note and the butterfly, the White Four Ring appears to the lower left side.

When viewed vertically, on the back of the note, a Malpadaya dancer and a Dawul Bera drummer are depicted. On the top right a guard stone with guardian deities appears and a Dvithva Liya Vela appears along the right side of the note.

Rs 5000 note

On the front of the note depicts an artist’s impression of the Weheragala Dam. The Canyon Dam appears in the background. The bird, Sri Lanka Yellow Eared Bulbul is depicted on the right side of the note and the butterfly, the Lemon Migrant appears on the left side of the note.

When viewed vertically, on the back of the note, a Nagaraksha dancer and a Guruluraksha dancer appear. The Rathnaprasadaya guard stone appears to the top right of the note and the Kalpavrksha floral design appears along the right side of the note.

Security Features

Each currency note depicts a different bird as the watermark, which is the same bird portrayed on the note. In addition, the value in numerals appears vertically as a highlighted watermark.

Security thread

The security thread in Rs. 20, Rs. 50 and Rs. 100 is a thin polyester thread embedded in to the note with the letters CBSL and the denomination, while a Starchrome ® security thread which changes colour from red to green is included in Rs.5000, Rs.1000 and Rs.500 with the width of 3mm, 2.5 mm and 2 mm, respectively.

Cornerstone ®

Cornerstone® watermark appears in the form of diagonal bars at each corner of every currency note.

See through

When the note is held up to the light, the numeral value of each note on the front (near the butterfly) comes together in perfect register with the reverse, on the back of the note.

Extra small text

When viewed closely below the butterfly, an area of text reading “CBSL” and the numeral value can be seen in all the notes.

Blind recognition feature

A vertical order of heavily printed dots (with one dot for Rs. 20 note) progressing according to denomination appears on the left side of the note to help the visually impaired to recognize the denomination.

Raised print area

A raised printed area with greater tactility is noticed in several places on the notes. e.g. On the front of the note – the Bank title, the central images, the value at the bottom edge of the note and on the back of the note - the value at the bottom in numerals.

The following collector items will also be sold to the public at the Central Bank Head Office Cash Counter, Money Museum at Rajagiriya from 7th February 2011 and CBSL Provincial Offices from 14th February, 2011.

The selling prices are as follows:

Folder containing all six denominations Rs. 7,500.00 Folder containing Rs.5000 note Rs. 5,500.00 Folder containing Rs.1000 note Rs. 1,250.00 Folder containing Rs. 500 note Rs. 750.00 Folder containing Rs. 100 note Rs. 250.00 Folder containing Rs. 50 note Rs. 200.00 Folder containing Rs. 20 note Rs. 150.00 Uncut currency sheet of Rs 100 with 40 notes Rs. 7,000.00 CD containing features of new notes Rs. 400.00

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