A circulating 1,000-rupee note commemorating the 70th anniversary of
Sri Lanka’s independence on Feb. 4 has been issued by its central
bank. The new note, designed and printed by De La Rue, is the nation’s
fourth commemorative bank note.
The size, color, and security features are similar in appearance to
the regular issue note of the same denomination, but with some
different images on the face.
While a butterfly is at the lower left of the regular issue, the new
note replaces it with an anniversary logo called “Celebrating
Diversity.” The center has images of four religious edifices: a
Buddhist temple, a mosque, a church, and a Tamil kovil representing
the Indian component of Sri Lankan society. They replace the Ramboda
Tunnel, which, at 738 feet, is the island nation’s longest. Finally,
the prefix of the note is “S70,” instead of “S.”
The vertically oriented back is unchanged. It shows a Malpadaya
Netuma dancer and a Davul Bera drummer. On the top right is a guard
stone with guardian deities.
The bank says that 5 million notes will be issued with serial
numbers ranging from S70/1 000001 to S70/5 1000000. It is dated 2018.02.04.
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