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10 Rupees 1979, Sri Lanka

in Krause book Number: 85
Years of issue: 26.03.1979
Edition: 30 000 000
Signatures: Minister of Finance: Mr. Ronald Joseph Godfrey de Mel, Governor: Mr. Warnasena Rasaputram
Serie: 1979 Issue
Specimen of: 26.03.1979
Material: 100% raw cotton
Size (mm): 127 х 67
Printer: De la Rue Lanka Currency and Securities Print (Pvt) Ltd, Malawana

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10 Rupees 1979




The Sri Lanka 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.


10 Rupees 1979

Ocyceros gingalensis

Centered is The Sri Lanka grey hornbill (Tockus griseus gingalensis) is a bird in the hornbill family and a widespread and common endemic resident breeder in Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lanka grey hornbill is a large bird at 45 centimeters (18 in.) in length. It has grey wings with black primary flight feathers, a grey back, and a brown crown. Its long tail is blackish with white sides, and the underparts are white. The long, curved bill has no casque. Sexes are similar, although the male has a cream-coloured bill, whereas the female's is black with a cream stripe. Immature birds have dark grey upperparts, a cream bill, and a tail with a white tip. Its flight is slow and powerful.

Dialium ovoideum

Dialium ovoideum or Velvet tamarind is a large, spreading tree. The tree is harvested from the wild for its timber and edible fruit. Endemic of Sri Lanka. There are different subspecies in Southeast Asia.

Vertically, along the left edge, are the inscriptions in Sinhala, Tamil and English languages ​​"Central Bank of Ceylon". Centered, over the field of banknote watermark, indicated the serial number. Underneath is the denomination in words in Sinhala language - "Ten rupees". Below the watermark is the date of issue of the banknote - 26.03.1979.

Denominations in numerals are in all corners, in numeral and in words top left.


10 Rupees 1979

Pycnonotus penicillatus

The Yellow-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus penicillatus) is a member of the bulbul family of passerine birds. It is an endemic resident breeder in the highlands of 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. It builds its nest in a bush; two eggs is a typical clutch.

The Yellow-eared Bulbul is about 20 cm. (7 inches) 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.

Rhododendron arboreum

Rhododendron arboreum (Tree Rhododendron), also known as burans or gurans, is an evergreen shrub or small tree with a showy display of bright red flowers. It is found in Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Rhododendron arboreum is the national flower of Nepal and the state tree of Uttarakhand&Himachal Pradesh.

Its name means "tending to be woody or growing in a tree-like form". It has been recorded as reaching heights of up to 20 m., although more usually it has a height and spread up to 12 m. (36 ft.) x 12 m. (36 ft.).This plant holds the Guinness Record for World's Largest Rhododendron.

Polypedates cruciger

Polypedates cruciger (commonly known as the Sri Lanka whipping frog or common hour-glass tree-frog) is a species of frog in the Rhacophoridae family endemic to Sri Lanka.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, freshwater marshes, intermittent freshwater marshes, pastureland, plantations, rural gardens, urban areas, heavily degraded former forest, and ponds.

Ipsea speciosa

Daffodil Orchid (නගා මැරූ අල, Ipsea speciosa) is a rare wild orchid found in the hills of Sri Lanka and southern India. It is a terrestrial herb with pseudobulbous stem. The lanceolate leaves of the plant are grass like and pointed at the end. Its large flowers appear from September to February, they are bright yellow and sweet-scented.

This plant can be seen in grass lands and pathana areas in mid hills of the country. The plant is known as නගා මැරූ අල in the Sinhala language, meaning "Yam which killed the little sister" according to a folk tale.

Like the Glory Lily, the Daffodil Orchid is used as an ingredient in making love charm portions and aphrodisiacs in local medicine.

A young princess walking along the jungle path with her elder brother suddenly attempted to provoke him to make love and have sexual intercourse with her. The prince got extremely angry and killed her instantly.

Later, searching for her unusual behavior, he found that she was innocent and her erotic feeling has aroused due to consuming of a tiny piece of the yam of a plant by mistake. Thereafter this plant, Ipsea speciosa, is known as “the yam, which killed the younger sister” among locals.

In the upper left corner is the face value by numeral "10", the right of which is the inscription in Sinhala, Tamil and English, "Central Bank of Ceylon". At the bottom of the banknote, under skink, is an inscription - "Ten Rupees" in Sinhala, Tamil and English.


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