20 Rupee note Sri Lanka Heritage

20 Rupee 1991-1994 Heritage issue

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) issued for circulation, 20 Rupee Currency Notes in a series of notes that started in 1991 on theme Sri Lanka Heritage.

20 Rupee note Sri Lanka Heritage

20 Rupee note Sri Lanka Heritage- Back Side

Basic Details

Theme Sri Lanka Heritage
Colors Front – Violet with Green orange and red on decorate
Back – Violet with blue orange and brown on decorate.
Front Landscape
Traditional wooden Mask with face of Garuda on right, Side view of Lotus on bottom left, Moonstone above decorate in lower center with floral design above with Sun-face on left.
Within a decorative border, Numeric 20 at upper two and lower right corners.
Back Portrait
Stilt fishing with background sea view with Shells below. On upper panel Divided fish with Sun-face top left of center between panels.
Within a decorative border, Numeric 20 at top left and Bottom right.
Sequrity Thread

Thin polyester thread of 1 mm width embedded in note. Micro-printing background pattern.

UV Printing: Front: Serial Numbers in Green. A rectangular highlight large numeric 20 upper left of center,and from 1995 to 2006 with additional elaborate UV printing of Moonstone, and blanked decorate below all in Greenish Yellow. Back: Highlight of divided fish and background sky above sea view.

Watermark Lion from national Flag standing facing left with sword in right paw, outlined darker than paper.
Printer Thomas de la rue
Size 129 x 64 mm
Date of Issue started in 1991
Printed Years 1991-2006

UV Printing

20 Rupee Sri Lanka UV Lights

20 Rupee Sri Lanka UV Lights

Deno. Date on
Finance Minister CBSL Governor First Serial # Mintage
in K
Rs.20 1991-01-01 D.B.Wijethunga H.N.S.Karunatillake L/1 000001 19,500 (Z/2)
Rs.20 1992-07-01 D.B.Wijethunga H.B.Disanayaka L/20 500001 15,000 (Z/2)
Rs.20 1994-08-19 C.B.Kumaratunga H.B.Disanayaka L/35 500001 6,000 (Z/2)
Blanked Emblem
Rs.20 1995-11-15 C.B.Kumaratunga A.S.Jayawardena L/41 500001 140,000 Z/2
Rs.20 2001-12-12 K.N. Choksy A.S.Jayawardena L/181 500001 80,000 Z/2
Rs.20 2004-07-01 Sarath Amunugama Sunil Mendis L/261 500001 40,421 Z/2
Rs.20 2005-11-19 Mahinda Rajapaksa Sunil Mendis L/301 921001 65,000 Z/2
Rs.20 2006-07-03 Mahinda Rajapaksa Ajith Nivard Cabral L/366 921001 80,000 Z/2

Artist’s impression

The Gurulu Raksha Mask on the front of this 20 Rupee banknote from Sri Lanka is a representation of the mythical Gurulu bird (which carried Lord Vishnu, the Hindu God) destoying the snake Naga. The mask symbolises protection and is thought to also bring good luck. On the back of the Sri Lankan Rs20 bill are two fishermen and some shells.

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