5 Cents, 1942 Uniface

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5 Cents, 1942 Uniface back

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This note, consisting of a 2 cents stamp on the left and a 3 cents stamp on the right, roulettes down the center for ease of separation. It is probably the only currency note which could be torn in two and the two parts were still legal tender at different denominations.

Courtesy Dr. Kavan Ratnatunga.


5 Rupees, 1943

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Front: George VI (1895-1952), King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the British dominions beyond the seas 1936-1952

Back: Thuparama Dagoba at Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Thuparama Dagoba is the oldest shrine in Sri Lanka and contains the collarbone of the Buddha, a gift from the Emperor Ashoka to King Devanampiyitissa, who converted his kingdom to Buddhism.


Thuparama Dagoba

Thuparama Dagoba

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1 Rupee, 1952

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Front: Elizabeth II (1926-), Queen of United Kingdom, British colonies and Commonwealth of Nations 1952-present

Date of portrait: 1952, age 26

Back: Ornate stairway

Courtesy Tod Hunt


10 Rupees, 1964

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Front: Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike (1899-1959), prime minister of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) 1956-59

Back: Ceremonial figures


10 Rupees, 1975

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Front: Statue of King Parakkrama (1153-1186)

Back: Ceremonial figures

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Ceylon, situated in the Indian Ocean 18 miles southeast of India, was a British colony 1802-1948. Became a self-governing dominion of the British Commonwealth in 1948, and renamed Sri Lanka in 1972. For a more detailed country profile, see CIA World Factbook on Sri Lanka.




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