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5000 Rupees 2017, Sri Lanka

in Krause book Number: 128
Years of issue: 22.05.2017
Signatures: Finance Minister: Mangala Samaraweera, CBSL Governor: I. Coomaraswamy
Serie: Serie 2010 Development, Prosperity and Sri Lanka Dancers
Specimen of: 01.01.2010
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 153 x 67
Printer: De la Rue Lanka Currency and Securities Print (Pvt) Ltd, Malawana

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5000 Rupees 2017




Cornerstones. Denomination 5000. The yellow-eared bulbul (Pycnonotus penicillatus).


5000 Rupees 2017

Weheragala Reservoir

Centered is the Weheragala Dam.

The Weheragala reservoir was built with a dam across Menik ganga. Weheragala reservoir is a capacity of 75 million cubic feet of water, out of which 60 million cubic feet of water is being released to the Lunugamvehera reservoir.

Canyon Dam

Right of Weheragala Reservoir is Canyon Dam.

The Canyon Dam is a large arch-gravity dam built across the Maskeliya Oya, 4.5 km. (2.8 mi.) upstream of the iconic Laxapana Falls, in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. The associated power station plays a major role in the national power grid, due to its significant output.

The dam creates the relatively small Canyon Reservoir, measuring at 450 m. (1,480 ft.) and 350 m. (1,150 ft.) in its longest length and width, respectively. The reservoir's primary source of water is the Maskeliya Oya, with additional water discharged from the Canyon HPower Station, located at the same site.

Water from the Canyon Reservoir is further transferred through a penstock to the New Laxapana Power Station, located 7 km. (4.3 mi.) downstream, at 06°55′05″N 80°29′31″E, 1.5 km. (0.9 mi.) northwest of Kiriwan Eliya. The power station consists of two hydroelectric generators of 50 MW each, both of which were commissioned in February 1974.

Pycnonotus penicillatus

On the right side is The Yellow-eared bulbul (Pycnonotus penicillatus) - endemic of Sri-Lanka.

he yellow-eared bulbul (Pycnonotus penicillatus) is a species of songbird in the bulbul family of passerine birds. The common name is also used as an alternate name for the yellow-throated bulbul.

The yellow-eared bulbul was formerly classified in the monotypic genus Kelaartia, named after Dr. E.F. Kelaart. Alternate names for the yellow-eared bulbul include the Ceylon bulbul, Sri Lanka bulbul and yellow-tufted bulbul.

The yellow eared-bulbul is endemic to Sri Lanka and is the least common of the bulbuls found in Sri Lanka. This is a bird of jungle and wooded farmland. Despite its restricted range, it is quite readily found at sites such as Horton Plains and Victoria Park in Nuwara Eliya and has been frequently sighted in rocky hills.

The yellow-eared bulbul is about 20 cm. (7.9 in.) in length, with a long tail. It has olive upperparts and yellowish underparts. The crown of the head is grey, and there are yellow ear tufts and a yellow patch below the eye. There is a white tuft in front of the eye and the throat is also white.

Sexes are similar in plumage, but young birds are duller than adults. The flight is bouncing and woodpecker-like.

Catopsilia Pomonа

In lower left corner is butterfly Catopsilia Pomona.

As its name implies the Lemon Migrant is a lemon yellow colour migrating butterfly, edged with black marking at the forewings and maroon blotches on the underside. Its flight is fast and strong in upward and downward curves. This butterfly is found all over the island, but it is most often seen in the dry and intermediate zones. (

Panthera leo sinhaleyus

In top right corner is The Sri Lanka Lion (Panthera leo sinhaleyus), with sword (from coat of arms). About The Sri Lanka Lion, please, read watermark description here!

Numeric 5000 at upper left and lower right. At bottom center the value රුපියල් පන්දාහයි in Sinhala, ஐயாயிரம் ரூபாய் in Thamil and Five Thousand Rupees in English, of decreasing font size.

ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහ බැංකුව in Sinhala at Top center, with smaller இலங்கை மத்திய வங்கி in Thamil and English CENTRAL BANK OF SRI LANKA on next line.

Legality Legend in 3 lines

"ශ්‍රී ලංකාණ්ඩුව වෙනුවෙන් නිකුත් කරන ලද මේ

මුදල් නෝට්ටුව ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ඈතුළත ඕනෑම මුදල් ගණනක්

ගෙවිම සඳහා නිතියෙන් වලංගුය"

In English: "Issued on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka

Banknote legally valid for payment in Sri Lanka".


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The Rathnaprasadaya guard stone

In top right corner is The guard stone at the Rathnaprasadaya of the Abhayagiri Viharaya, in Anuradhapura.

This guard stone is considered the most exquisite guard stone. This guard stone is carved with a Nagaraja symbol, which carries a pot of plenty in the left hand and a bunch of flowers in the right hand.

Across all field of banknote is Kalpavrksha floral design.

Kalpavriksha (Devanagari: कल्पवृक्ष), also known as kalpataru, karpaga viruksham, kalpadruma or kalpapādapa, is a wish-fulfilling divine tree in Hindu mythology, Jainism and Buddhism. It is mentioned in Sanskrit literature from the earliest sources. It is also a popular theme in Jain cosmology and Buddhism.

The Kalpavriksha originated during the Samudra manthan or "churning of the ocean" along with the Kamadhenu, the divine cow providing for all needs. The king of the gods, Indra, returned with this tree to his paradise. Kalpavriksha is also identified with many trees such as Parijata (Erythrina variegata), Ficus benghalensis, Acacia, Madhuca longifolia, Prosopis cineraria, Bassia butyracea, and mulberry tree (Morus nigra tree). The tree is also extolled in iconography and literature.

A map of Sri Lanka appears in the background, centered.

Guruluraksha Nagaraksha

This banknote shows Nagaraksha and Guruluraksha Dancers.

Nagaraksha and Guruluraksha are mask dances, whkh belongs to the Low Country dance tradition, This dance is performed as a part of the traditional folk theatre Kolam. These performances usually last throughout the night. This dance portrays the conflict between the demonical Guruluraksha the mythical King of Birds and the Nagaraksha the mythical King Cobra.

Numeric 5000 at upper left and lower right. රුපියල් පන්දාහයි in Sinhala, ஐயாயிரம் ரூபாய் in Thamil and Five Thousand Rupees in English, in 3 lines of decresing font size at lower left.

ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහ බැංකුව in Sinhala, ஐந்நூறு ரூபாய் in Thamil and CENTRAL BANK OF SRI LANKA in English, in 3 lines of decresing font size, at center upper left.

Printer Thomas De la Rue, Sri Lanka, in tiny text DE LA RUE in bottom right.