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The Eye-catching Design of Sri Lanka’s Banknotes

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Money is not everything, but money can show many things.

You will see eye to eye with me while you’re going through this blog where you see almost all aspects of the Sri Lankan noble culture, the beauty of nature, fantastic technology, and peculiar history on banknotes.

Currently, there are two sets of banknotes that are in use, but this review is about the latest series, the 11th note series designed upon the Development, Prosperity, and Sri Lankan Dancers.

Rs. 20 banknote

20 Sri Lankan rupee banknote. Rupees is the national currency of Sri Lanka

In the order of the denominations of currency notes, this is the lowest value.

Pink shades have given a distinct appearance to the bill.

The front central area depicts historical and modern views of the Colombo port.

Right laterally, the Sri Lankan Serendib Scops Owl and in lower left the butterfly Baronet are illustrated.

Portrait of Dancer Ves Netuma and drummer Geta Bera from a banknote of 20 Sri Lankan rupee

The posterior vertical view shows the Sri Lankan emblem of prosperity, “The Punkalasa”(pot of plenty) on the top right hand.

Mainly the backside shows traditional Sri Lankan dancer and drummer, backgrounds by a map of Sri Lanka.

Rs. 50 banknote

Macro photography of Sri Lanka 50 rupees money.

The second of the denomination order is Rs. 50 note, which is themed by blue.

It is illustrated with Sri Lankan Dull Blue Fly Catcher bird and Blue Oakleaf butterfly in the forepart.

Sri Lanka dull blue flycatcher bird on the front.

The second-longest bridge of Sri Lanka, the Manampitiya bridge, is visualised with its railway track on the left and ancient arch bridge on top.

Wadiga patuna dancer and yakbera drummer are shown in the back of the note with again Punkalasa on the top right corner.

Rs. 100 banknote

Next in line is Rs. 100 notes with orange color designs on either side.

The front of the note is illustrated with Laxapana waterfall, where The Laxapana hydroelectric power complex is attached.

It also depicts The Norochchole coal power plant in its center.

This orangeous banknote embellished with drawings of Sri Lankan Orange Billed Babbler bird on right and Autumn leaf butterfly on the left.

100 Sri Lanka rupees banknote

The back of the note shows seven-headed cobras, ” The Naga” guard-stone from the early culture of Sri Lanka on the right top, and the double floral design coming down.

The foremost art is of Bharatanatyam dancer and Mridangam(percussion instrument of Carnatic music) drummer, which highlights Hindu culture in Sri Lanka.

Rs. 500 banknote

The twin towers of World Trade Center Colombo and the main building of the leading state bank of Sri Lanka, Bank of Ceylon, on the front side symbolize economic aspect of Sri Lanka while sketch of Kandy Lankathilaka Viharaya, a Buddhist historical temple symbolizes the religious culture.

Violet shades of note accent the bird Sri Lankan Emerald Collared Parakeet and the butterfly, the Ceylon Indigo Royal.

500 Sri Lanka rupees banknote

Another traditional dancer and drummer, Thelme dancer and Yakbera drummer depicted in back of the note.

Rs. 1000 banknote

1000 Sri Lanka Rupees banknotes
Sri Lanka dull blue flycatcher bird on the front.

Sri Lankan hanging parrot and the white four ring butterfly accord with the emerald shades of the note.

Back of the note shows Malpadaya Netuma Dancer and Davul Bera Drummer indicating Sri Lankan culture.

Rs. 5000 banknote

The highest value in the eleventh banknote series is Rs. 5000. Dijon and medallion shades have given lavish look to the bill.

Centrally it depicts two dams in Sri Lanka, namely, Weheragala dam and Canyon dam.

Sri Lankan Yellow Eared Bulbul and Lemon Migrant have brought the feel of nature to the view.

When the note is viewed vertically on the backside there are cultural dancers, Nagaraksha dancer and a Guruluraksha dancer, and historical Rathnaprasadaya guard-stone are illustrated.

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