Using Bank Note Images

Reproduction means copying, replicating, imitating or designing any part (more than 25% of a currency note) or the whole of the visual image, contents or appearance of currency notes. Reproduction could be done through illustrations, paintings, photographs, pictures, electronic images, print or electronic media including internet, television and films.

The following is an excerpt of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Act No.16 of 2023.

Section 55. Any person who without the authority of the Governing Board–

  1. cuts, perforates, or in any other way whatsoever mutilates any currency note;
  2. prints, stamps, or draws anything upon any currency note, or affixes any seal or stamp to or  upon any currency note;
  3. attaches or affixes to or upon any currency note anything in the nature or form of an advertisement;
  4. reproduces in any form whatsoever, or makes a facsimile of, any currency note; or
  5. uses otherwise as a legal tender, any currency note,

commits an offence.

The guidelines provides the procedures for obtaining the permission of the Governing Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) and the guidelines that must be adhered to when reproducing with permission.

Any person who wishes to reproduce any Sri Lanka currency note is required to submit an application to the Superintendent of Currency of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

Correspondence about reproduction of currency notes should be addressed to:

                    Superintendent of Currency
                    Currency Department
                    Central Bank of Sri Lanka
                    30, Janadhipathi Mawatha,
                    Colombo 01.