New Rs. 500 commemorative note to mark CHOGM

By Ifham Nizam

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka will issue a commemorative note of the five hundred rupee denomination to mark the 22nd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

The Bank’s Deputy Superintendent (Currency Division) G. K. K. Gamage told The Island that they would release five million rupees worth of notes to coincide with the CHOGM, which begins on November 15.

He said that the decision to mint a five hundred rupee note had been taken by Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal.

Gamage said that the Bank had sufficient stocks of coins and notes and the special commemorative note would also carry the same security features as others currently in circulation.

Numismatist Mohamed Irfan, while welcoming the Bank’s decision to come out with a new note, said that it would be the fourth five hundred rupee note of the Sri Lankan government.


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