Sri Lanka issues new commemorative note

Nov 17, 2009 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has issued a commemorative note featuring President Mahinda Rajapaksa, key turning points in a military victory over Tamil Tiger separatists, and the country’s unitary status, the Central Bank said. The theme of the obverse of the note is “one country and one nation in harmony, progressing towards prosperity” led by President Rajapaksa, the monetary authority said.

It has an image of President Rajapaksa, a ‘punkalasa’ (an image of a pot used to depict prosperity) with ears of paddy and a map of Sri Lanka with a rising sun in the background, which denotes territorial integrity.

The reverse shows the “valiant contribution made by the nation’s victorious sons and daughters of the security forces and the police” the Central Bank said.

It shows security force hoisting the national flag and images of a small dam across Mavil Aru, a river in eastern Sri Lanka which was blocked by Tamil Tigers triggering the start of a military campaign.

The reverse also shows Thoppigala or Baron’s Cap, a rocky outcrop surrounded by jungle that was a stronghold of the Tamil Tigers in the Eastern province.

The note is dated May 20, 2009. On May 19, images of the body of Tamil Tiger chief Vellupillai Prabhakharan were broadcast on national television, after he and other Tiger leaders were killed by troops, ending the war.

The note is 157 millimetres by 78.5 millimetres and the predominant colour is blue.

The notes are identified by a serial prefix of Q and the numbers of the notes start from Q/1 000001