‘Victoria Portrait’ was the first set of British India Currency Notes which was issued in denomination of 10,20,50,100,1000. These notes were manufactured at Laverstock Paper Mills (Portals) which were unifaced, carried four language panels and were printed on hand-moulded paper. The security features consolidated the watermark , the printed signature and the enrollment of the British India notes.
The watermark consolidated marks of Lord Canning, The Viceroy and Samuel Laving, the Finance Member. The known notes are issued by the circle of Calcutta (with sub-circles at Allahabad, Lahore and Nagpur), Bombay and Madras. These notes are greatly uncommon. Their denominations range as 10 Rupees, 20 Rupees, 50 Rupees, 100 Rupees, 500 Rupees and 1,000 Rupees with the signature of the Commissioner of issue. The notes issued at a sub-circle likewise have a support by the separate subordinate. As a security precaution, notes were sliced down the middle. One set was sent by post. On affirmation of receipt, the other half was dispatched by post.
The most punctual Pictorial British Indian Currency notes of George V were issued as an aftereffect of emergency in valuable metal stock because of the World War I in 1917. These were likewise the primary notes issued by the administration in little categories, to be specific 1 Rupee and 2.5 Rupees. The 1 Rupee notes portray a coin of the same quality dated 1917. These British India notes were marked by the three chiefs’ of issue specifically M.M.S. Gubbay, A.C.McWatters and H.Denning, and are known in an aggregate of five assortments, which incorporate varieties in the content and watermark. The 2.5 Rupees note portrays the representation of George V in an octagon.
The issuance of these notes was stopped on first January, 1926 on money saving advantage contemplation. These notes initially conveyed the representation of King George V and were the antecedents of the ‘Lord’s Portrait’ Series which were to take after.