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The E-Sylum (11/17/2013)

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Kavan Ratnatunga has published another article in the Sunday Times in Sri Lanka. Here's an excerpt. -Editor

Sri LAnka commemorative Rs. 500 currency note

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CB) on 2013 November 15th issued a slightly modified Rs. 500 currency note as a commemorative to mark the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka.

The size and design of the Commemorative note are same with only the CHOGM 2013 Sri Lanka logo in single purple colour replacing the butterfly at the lower left corner of the note, and a new date of issue 2013.11.15. The vertical 500 of the water mark has an additional design on either side to enhance security features. CBSL has already printed 50 million of the current 2010 Rs500 note and the 5 million commemoratives will have serial prefix T/51 to T/55.

Host countries of previous CHOGMs have also issued such commemorative numismatic items. In 2007 the Bank of Uganda issued a sh10,000, and in 2009 Trinidad And Tobago a $100 Currency Notes. In 2011 the Royal Australian Mint issued a one dollar coin. The Sri Lankan note appears to be a rush job since final approval from the Monetary Board only happened after August when a rumour of this note first circulated. Printing the logo in only purple was probably done modifying the final Purple Integlo print rather than four plates required for a multicolor logo.

The article switches gears to discuss museums. Kavan doesn't mince words when it comes to expressing his opinion. -Editor

The CB Museum in Rajagiriya is now closed after renovation just four years ago. The Centre Point Building has been beautifully renovated by the CB. Located next to the Light House clock tower at 54 Chatham Street, it was opened by the President on November 11th. The Museum looks modern, but the display put up in just one weekend, needs to be rearranged properly.

A 150 page book titled “From Purana to the Rupee” published by the CB and sold at the Museum does not appear to have been proof-read by anyone competent in Lankan history or Numismatics.

To read the complete article, see: New CHOGM Rs. 500 currency note (

Kavan adds:

More details are in and also issued the First dutch minted coin to circulate in Lanka after 200 years. See

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