The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has issued a circulation standard commemorative currency note in the denomination of Rs.1,000 to mark the 70th independence celebration in the country which falls on February 4. This is the 4th commemorative note that was issued by the Central Bank.
The size, predominant colour and security features of this commemorative currency note are similar to the current circulating Rs. 1,000 note in 11th currency note series, except for the following changes:
On the front of the note, a Celebrating Diversity logo is appearing at the lower left corner of the note, replacing the butterfly in the current circulating Rs. 1,000 currency note: images of a temple, mosque, kovil, and church are appearing at the centre of the note, replacing the image of Ramboda Tunnel: and prefix of the note appears as S70, replacing the prefix S.
A quantity of 5 million currency notes would be issued and the serial numbers of the notes would be from S70/1 000001 – S70/5 1000000. The date on the note is 2018.02.04.
The currency note would be legal tender in Sri Lanka for the payment of any amount and would he a liability of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka whilst in circulation. The currency note was officially presented to Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera by Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy on January 30.
The commemorative currency note would be issued to circulation through licensed commercial banks, commencing from February 6. At the same time, a limited number of notes with early serial number, in an attractive folder, would be sold at a price of Rs. 1,300 each at the Economic History Museum at No. 54, Chatham Street, Colombo 1 and Central Bank Regional Offices at Anuradhapura, Matara, Matale, Trincomalee, and Kilinochchi.