Coin and Paper Money Collecting/1945 50 rupees


QUESTION: Hi Dr.Ranatunga,

Just wondering how much 1945 King GVI 50 Rupees note worth?. Are they any replicas of this note?

ANSWER: As with all notes value Depends on the condition of the Note.
SCWPM says  US$175 VG and US$700 for VF and does not list price for Unc.
Maybe higher in Sri Lanka, but 1945 is the more common date.

There is a few sellers on eBay selling replica, but it should be easy
to confirm if it is real since the replica I know of don't have a watermark
and microprinting on note is poor.
I have seen forgeries (not of this note) with watermarks so it is not impossible
to create one.Then you probably would need to look at microprinting on note.  

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QUESTION: Thanks, Dr. Ranatunga.

Also I am looking at 100 rupees,10.5,2,1 and cents.

I came across this seller at Ebay. Does it look original for the 10?. How much they are in Sri lanka?

Can you please point out to me few genuine notes 100,10,2,1

From an image on the web one can never be sure a currency not is genuine
since you can't see security feature like watermarks etc.
You need to trust in the Guarantees the eBay gives you on purchases.

The Joy of collecting is to wait till you get a good offer and buy it.
Never rush into buying.  

If you are in a rush for whatever reason, then look to buy a collection.
I am a collector, not a dealer. I provide information on currency notes.
I don't keep close track of current prices. Look at SCWPM published by Krause.
or buy the Ceylon and Sri Lanka chapters of

When will you be in Sri Lanka, I can put you in touch with some dealers.

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Dr Kavan Ratnatunga


I can only answer any question regarding Paper Money, coins and Tokens that circulated in Ceylon/Sri Lanka of any era which extends back to 300 BCE. I maintain website and which may help you identify your banknote or coin. If Country is any other or unknown, coin should have been found in Sri Lanka. Please Do not ask questions about any coins or currency of other countries including USA. Thank You.


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