The Sri Lankan rupee is the official currency of Sri Lanka. The official currency symbol: ₨, රු, ரூ. In 1836, the Indian rupee was adopted as Ceylon’s official coin, and the country reverted to the Indian currency zone. Along with the rupee, pound-denominated treasury notes continued to circulate after 1836. Treasury notes were withdrawn in 1856, and the Bank of Ceylon was the first private bank to print banknotes on the island. In 1869, the Indian rupee was formally established as unlimited legal money. In the following years, the rupee was decimalized, and as a result, the rupee of 100 cents replaced British currency as Ceylon’s money of account and sole legal tender.
Between 1885 and 1919, the Government of Ceylon introduced the first banknotes in denominations of ₨ 1, ₨ 2, ₨ 5, ₨ 10, ₨ 50, ₨ 100 and ₨ 1,000. Different issues of banknotes had been introduced until 1977, when the Central Bank of Sri Lanka took over the production of banknotes and introduced banknotes in denominations of ₨ 20, ₨ 500 and ₨ 1,000. The ₨ 200 banknote was introduced in 1998.
The 20 Sri Lankan rupees note front design presents a view of the Port of Colombo, located in Colombo, followed by a Sri Lanka Serendib scops owl and a Baronet or Euthalia nais butterfly. The design is completed with the gold lion, which is part of the national emblem and logo of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.
The reverse of the note illustrates a traditional Ves Netuma Dancer followed by a Geta Bera Drummer; the Punkalasa or “pot of plenty,” which is a symbol of prosperity, and the Liya Vela (stylized floral motif). The lettering of the note is presented in the Sinhala and English languages. This note is part of the 2010 – 2017 series, and its color is maroon and multicolor.
Text: ශ්රී ලංකා මහ බැංකුව இலங்கை மத்திய வங்கி CENTRAL BANK OF SRI LANKA, රුපියල් විස්සයි
இருபது ரூபாய் TWENTY RUPEES.