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Sri Lankan Currency

Currency of Sri Lanka is Sri Lankan Rupee. One Sri Lankan Rupee consists of 100 cents. Coins come in the denomination 5, 10, 25 and 50 cents and Rs. 1, 2, 5 and 10. The higher value denominations are found as notes, namely Rs.10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000.

The rupee (Sinhala: Rupeyal, Tamil: Rubaay) (sign: ₨; code: LKR) is the currency of Sri Lanka, divided into 100 cents. It is issued by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and is generally written Rs.

In 1895, the Government of Ceylon introduced its first paper money, 5 rupees notes. These were followed by 10 rupees in 1894, 1000 rupees in 1899, 50 rupees in 1914, 1 and 2 rupees in 1917 and 100 and 500 rupees in 1926. In 1942, emergency issues for 5, 10, 25 and 50 cents were introduced and issued until 1949.

In 1951, the Central Bank of Ceylon took over the issuance of paper money, introducing 1 and 10 rupees notes. These were followed in 1952 by 2, 5, 50 and 100 rupees notes. The 1 rupee notes were replaced by coins in 1963.

From 1977, banknotes were issued by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. 20 rupees notes were introduced in 1979, followed by 500 and 1000 rupees in 1981, 200 rupees in 1998 and 2000 rupees in 2006. Sri Lankan banknotes are unusual in that they are printed vertically on the reverse. The 200 rupee note is printed on a polymer substrate. Banknotes are printed by the De la Rue Lanka Currency and Securities Print (Pvt) Ltd, a joint venture of the Government of Sri Lanka and De la Rue, a printing company in the United Kingdom. Notes currently in circulation are:

  • 10 rupees
  • 20 rupees
  • 50 rupees
  • 100 rupees
  • 200 rupees (1998 polymer note still seen in circulation)
  • 500 rupees
  • 1000 rupees
  • 2000 rupees (issued on 17 October 2006)
                                    Current Notes in Sri Lanka


Current Coins of Sri Lanka

      25 cents
      50 cents
      One rupee
      Two rupees
      Five rupees

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