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 Treasury notes were withdrawn in 1856, and the Bank of Ceylon was the first private bank to print banknotes on the island.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 5000 Sri Lankan rupees note front design presents two dams; the Weheragala dam (left) and the Canyon dam (right), followed by a Sri Lankan Yellow Eared Bulbul and Lemon Migrant 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 Nagaraksha dancer followed by a Guruluraksha, the Rathnaprasadaya guard-stone, and the Kalpavrksha (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 tan and golden multicolor.
Text: රී ලංකා මහ බැංකුව இலங்கை மத்திய வங்கி CENTRAL BANK OF SRI LANKA ශ්රී ලංකාණ්ඩුව වෙනුවෙන් නිකුත් කරන ලද මේ මුදල් නෝට්ටුව ශ්රී ලංකාව ඇතුළත ඕනෑම මුදල් ගණනක් ගෙවිම සඳහා නිතියෙන් වලංගුය WEHERAGALA DAM මුදල් ඈමති | මහ බැංකුවේ අධිපති රුපියල් පන්දහයි | ஐயாயிரம் ரூபாய் | FIVE THOUSAND RUPEES, ශ්රී ලංකා මහ බැංකුව இலங்கை மத்திய வங்கி CENTRAL BANK OF SRI LANKA රුපියල් පන්දහයි ஐயாயிரம் ரூபாய் FIVE THOUSAND RUPEES.