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Total commemorative banknotes issued is under 1,500 pieces. If you have achieved any figures close to this, then you are doing extremely well, as many of the older commemorative notes are hard to find even in poor conditions.

Opinion: Many collectors of commemorative banknotes would have come across with those Somaliland sets overprinted with gold and silver texts with the following wordings - 5th Anniversary of Independence 18 May 1996 [Sanad Gurade 5ee Gobanimadda 18 May 1996]. I believe these are "home made" (or fake) and not authorised by the central bank. My argument is simple. No central bank would have issued an overprint commemorative banknote that the texts are so large that it would cover the two signatures on the note as well as part of the serial numbers. Even if these are genuine notes, then these could be issued as souvenir sheets and not as legal tender. As I said before, this is my opinion. If you have paid top dollars for these, please think about my argument. There is always a sucker around the corner, including me of course!

All comments are most welcome but it has to be subjects related to banknotes or banknotes collection. If not, it will not be approved. Thanks

08 March 2011

Sri Lanka - 5000 Rupees 2011 Commemorative

60th Anniversary of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka
Five Thousand Rupees, Dated 1.1.2011 (4.2.2011)
Individual Note Folder
This note was issued to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. The founder governor was John Exter, an American Economist. The bank, initially known as Central Bank of Ceylon, commenced operations on 28.8.1950 and renamed its name to Central Bank of Sri Lanka in 1985.

You can also view the rest of of the 2010 (2011) issues here.


  1. Hi, in my opinion all banknotes from the serie "Development, Prosperity and Sri Lanka Dances" were issued to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. It's mentioned in all folders issued with 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 Rupees ("This issue coincides with the 60th Anniversary of the Bank" is mentioned in all folders).
    Best Regards KS

  2. Hi Anony...

    Thanks for the info. I have posted the rest of the series here - asiabanknotes.blogspot.com/2011/03/sri-lanka-2011-circulating-set.html