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5 Rupees 1949, British Ceylon

in Krause book Number: 36f
Years of issue: 01.03.1949
Edition: G/47 359001 - G/48 533000 - 1 174 000
Signatures: Commissioners of currency: C. E. Jones & T. D. Perera
Serie: 1941 Second issue
Specimen of: 20.12.1941
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 140 х 89
Printer: Issue Department of the Bank of India

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5 Rupees 1949



5 Rupees 1944 5 Rupees 1944The Sri Lanka (Sinhalese) Lion (Panthera leo sinhaleyus), also known as the Ceylon Lion, was a prehistoric subspecies of lion, endemic to Sri Lanka. It appears to have become extinct prior to the arrival of culturally modern humans, c. 37,000 years BC.

This lion is only known from two teeth found in deposits at Kuruwita. Based on these teeth, P. Deraniyagala erected this subspecies in 1939. However, there is insufficient information to determine how it might differ from other subspecies of lion. Deraniyagala did not explain explicitly how he diagnosed the holotype of this subspecies as belonging to a lion, though he justified its allocation to a distinct subspecies of lion by its being "narrower and more elongate" than those of recent lions in the British Natural History Museum collection.


5 Rupees 1949

HM The King George VI.

George VI (Albert Frederick Arthur George, 14 December 1895, York Cottage, Sandringham House, Norfolk, United Kingdom - 6 February 1952, Sandringham House, Norfolk) was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death. He was the last Emperor of India and the first Head of the Commonwealth.

Photo by Dorothy Wilding, HM The King George VI after the Coronation Day, 1937

This engraving is done from the portrait by photographer Dorothy Wilding, made ​​in 1937, after the Coronation Day of His Majesty. The original portrait is now in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

The value රුපියල් පහයි in Sinhala on left and Text in Tamil on right.

Denominations in numerals are in top corners, in words centered.


5 Rupees 1949

Thuparama DagobaThuparamaya is a dagoba in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. It is a Buddhist sacred place of veneration.

Mahinda Thera, an envoy, sent by King Ashoka himself, introduced Theravada Buddhism and also chetiya worship to Sri Lanka. At his request King Devanampiya Tissa built Thuparamaya, in which was enshrined the collarbone of the Buddha. It is considered to be the first dagaba built in Sri Lanka following the introduction of Buddhism. This is considered the earliest monument, the construction of which was chronicled Sri Lanka. The name Thuparamaya comes from "stupa" and "aramaya" which is a residential complex for monks.

Thuparamaya dagoba has been built in the shape of a bell. This dagoba was destroyed from time to time. During the reign of King Agbo II it was completely destroyed and the King restored it. What is seen presently is the construction of the dagoba, done in 1862 AD. As of today, after several renovations, in the course of the centuries, the monument has a diameter of 59 ft (18 m.), at the base. The dome is 11 feet 4 inches (3.45 m.) in height from the ground, 164½ ft (50.1 m.) in diameter. The compound is paved with granite and there are 2 rows of stone pillars round the dagaba. During the early period vatadage was built round the dagoba.

Denominations in numerals are in top corners, in words lower, centered.


There are two varieties: with straight edge and perforated.

The paper manufactured by "Messrs Portals Ltd".

The notes were demonetized with all notes dated before 1950 December 31st on 1955 August 26th and ceased to be legal tender with effect 1956 August 31st.

Issued in 587 000 booklets.