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Central Bank of Sri Lanka announces new currency note series

February 2, 2011

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has recently announced a new currency note series designed on the theme of Development, Prosperity and Sri Lanka Dancers. The notes also have birds and butterflies that are seen in the country.

The new notes will be released in the denominations of Rs 5000, Rs 1000, Rs 500, Rs 100, Rs 50 and Rs 20 and will be issued from February 4, 2011.

The new currency notes feature 7 improved security features. Each note shows the watermark of a different bird. Numerals appear vertically as a highlighted watermark. A security thread is placed with the letters of CBSL and the denomination on it. The thread is embedded inside the note for Rs. 100, Rs 50 and Rs 20 while the color-changing Starchrome thread of 3mm, 2.5 mm and 2 mm are placed for Rs 5000, Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes.

A Cornerstone watermark appears in the form of a diagonal bar at each corner of every currency note. When the note is put at light, the numerical value of the note at the front comes perfectly together to the numeral at the right. Upon close observation of the note, extra small text of CBSL and the currency denomination can be seen.

Heavily printed dots (one dot for Rs 20 note) can be used to determine the currency denomination by visually impaired. Running fingertips across the note gives a feeling of aise printed areas such as the title Central Bank, tactile bars, central image etc.

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