Sri Lankan rupee

1 EUR = 180.97 LKR 100 LKR = 0.55258 EUR

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The Sri Lankan rupee ( Sinhala: රුපියල, Tamil: ரூபாய் ) (currency symbol: ₨; ISO 4217: LKR ) is the current currency in Sri Lanka. A rupee is divided into 100 cents. It is issued by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

  • 3.1 banknote series 3.1.1 Heritage Series


In 1825, the British pound was declared the official booking money from Ceylon, replacing the Ceylonese Rixdollar with a conversion factor of 1 pound = 13 ⅓ Rixdollar. The British silver money became the legal tender on the island. Specified in pounds banknotes were spent since 1827 and replaced the previous Rixdollar notes. By June 1831, remaining still in circulation old notes were pulled from the payments and were from that date no longer valid.

The Indian rupee became the standard coin of Ceylon, when the island joined the Indian currency area from 26 September 1836. The banknotes in Sterling, however, remained even after 1836 in circulation and accepted parallel to the rupee as payment. As legal tender, the British silver coin was preserved and also commercial accounting practices continued to be carried out in pounds, shilling and pence. As a means of payment, however, the rupee and the Anna (1 pound = 10 rupees so ) were always more with a fixed exchange rate of 2 shillings per rupee preferred. The Bank of Ceylon was the first private bank that expended on the island from 1844 banknotes.

The Indian rupee was formally on 18 June 1869 unlimited legal tender. On August 23, the banded previously in 16 Anna, 64 paisa and 192 Pai rupee was divided into 100 cents and decimalized. Thus it became Ceylon money market and currency from 1 January 1872 the sole legal tender, making it replaced the British pound with an exchange rate of 1 rupee = 2 shillings and 3 pence.

In 1872, copper coins in values ​​of ¼, ½, 1 and 5 cents were taken with the date stamp of 1870 on the market, followed in 1892 by silver coins in denominations of 10, 25 and 50 cents. The preparation of the ¼ - cent coins was discontinued in 1904. The large 5- cent coins from 1909 were replaced by smaller copper -nickel coins, which had a square shape with rounded corners. 1919, the silver content of 0.800 was reduced to a level of 0.550.

Between 1940 and 1944 a large-scale exchange of coinage was performed. The preparation of the ½ - cent coin was discontinued in 1940 and made ​​the 1- cent coin from 1942 in bronze. Nickel - brass replaced in the same year, the copper -nickel alloy of the 5- cent coin, as well as from 1943, the silver at the 25 - and 50-cent pieces. In 1944 perforated nickel - brass coins were introduced in values ​​of 2 and 10 cents.

1963, a new series of coins was introduced without portrait of a monarch. The overspent 1 - and 2- cent coins were made of aluminum, 5 and 10 cents of nickel - brass, 2 cents, 50 cents and 1 rupee made ​​of copper - nickel. A copper -nickel coin 2 rupees and an aluminum - bronze coin 5 rupees were finally introduced in 1984.

The issued since 1963 coins bear on the obverse the coat of arms of Sri Lanka. The reverse shows the denomination and below the value specified in Sinhala, Tamil and English and the year of issue and the inscription at the bottom of Sri Lanka in Sinhala at the top. On 14 December 2005, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka expended a new series of coins in denominations of 25 and 50 cents, 1, 2 and 5 rupees. The lower denominations of 1, 2, 5 and 10 cents, which also have a statutory solvency are largely disappeared from circulation and are not typically issued by banks.

The design of the front and back of the new coins are identical to the coins in circulation of the respective nominal value, however, weight and alloy have changed, which is to facilitate identification.

Current coins

Commemorative Coins

Commemorative coins to be spent in denominations of 100, 500, 1000 and 5000 rupees and are also in circulation.

The previously issued by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka commemorative coins are:


1895, the government of Ceylon, the first paper money in the form of a 5 -rupee note. This was followed in 1894 a 10 - rupee note, 1000 rupees in 1899, 50 rupees in 1914, 1 and 2 rupees in 1917, 100 and 500 rupees from 1926 in 1942 found an Emergency Issue 5 -. , 10 -, 25 - and 50-cent bills instead of which were spent until 1949.

In 1951, the Central Bank of Ceylon, the issue of paper money with the introduction of scores of 1 and 10 rupees. These were followed in 1952 notes with denominations of 2, 5, 50 and 100 rupees. The one - rupee note was replaced by coins in 1963.

Since 1977, the banknotes issued by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. 20 -rupee notes were introduced in 1979, followed by 500 and 1000 rupees in 1981, 200 rupees in 1998 and 2000 rupees in 2006. The unusual to the banknotes Sri Lanka is their pressure on the back, which is the image vertically. The 200 -rupee denominations were printed in 1998 on a polymer substrate. All bills will be supported by the De la Rue Lanka Currency and Securities Print ( Pvt) Ltd established a joint venture of the Government of Sri Lanka with the De la Rue Company, a printing company in the UK.

The currently outstanding nominal values ​​are:

Banknote series

Heritage Series

The Heritage series since 1991, learned different revisions. The revision of 1995 had an increased latent image in the bottom center on the front. The revision of 2001, a wide metallic stripes on the 500 - and 1000 - supplemented rupees notes.


  • Night Dog Update - Sri Lanka as at 19 February 2007.
  • Chester L. Krause, Clifford Mishler Standard Catalog of World Coins: 1801-1991. 18th edition. Krause Publications, Iola, Wis.. 1991, ISBN 0-87341-150-1.
  • Albert Pick, Neil Shafer: Standard Catalog of World Paper Money: General Issues. 7th edition. Krause Publications, Iola, Wis.. 1994, ISBN 0-87341-207-9.