Sri Lanka 500 Rupees

Sri Lanka 500 Rupees


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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 Treasury notes were withdrawn in 1856, and the Bank of Ceylon was the first private bank to print banknotes on the island.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 500 Sri Lankan rupees note front design presents a view of the World Trade Center twin towers and the Bank of Ceylon head office building located in Colombo, followed by the “Lankathilake Viharaya,” ancient Buddhist temple in Kandy; a Sri Lankan Emerald Collared Parakeet and Ceylon Indigo Royal 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 Thelme Netuma Dancer followed by a Yak Bera Drummer, the Padmanidhi guard-stone, and the Dvithva 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 – 2019 series, and its color is purple and green.

Text: ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහ බැංකුව இலங்கை மத்திய வங்கி CENTRAL BANK OF SRI LANKA, රුපියල් පන්සියයයි
ஐந்நூறு ரூபாய் FIVE HUNDRED RUPEES.

Additional information


current Sri Lankan rupee banknotes

Tender Types



Sri Lanka

Product Currencies

Sri Lankan Rupee

Country banknote denominations

20, 50, 100, 500, 1000, 5000


Green, Purple

Composition material



143 × 67 mm


Thelme Netuma Dancer followed by a Yak Bera Drummer


Bank of Ceylon, Colombo, Kandy, Lankathilake Viharaya, World Trade Center


Ceylon indigo royal butterfly (Tajuria arida), Collared parakeet (psittacula calthropae)


2010, 2019


allegorical figure, Animal, Bank, Bird, Building, Butterfly, Dancer, Drum, Landscape, National emblem

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