SRI LANKAN NUMISMTICS-PHONETIC THEMES


Use of Phonetic value of Auspicious symbols on Coins?

Mr K.N.V. Seyone a past President of the Sri Lanka Numismatists Society  forwarded a paper where the phonetic values of auspicious symbols expressed the sound of Sri Sangabodhi.King SIRI SANGHABODHI I [242-244 AD] was Lambakanna who fled to the forest and was succeeded GOTABHAYA [244-257 AD] – his Minister of State. The ex king cut off his head when a reward was offered for his head by Gotabhaya. The whole episode comes to light at the Huchikutti Vihare off Maho- Anuradhapura road.Quoting Mr Seyone- many Kings  Aggabodhi called them selves Sri Sangabodhi. The first according to the Chronicals was Aggabodhi III[633-683 AD],then Aggabodhi V[718-724AD] and Aggabodhi VII[733-772AD] and many others who followed .Any of these Kings may have issued this coin.


The play on phonetics of word for symbols was used on the ancient coins of the Island of Rhodes. Here the Pun was Rhoden-the Rose flower in Greek.


Similar arrangement of symbols are seen on the kalandas of Gold of this period.Here the use of Srivatsa, the symbol of Goddess Sri, the symbol of crescent Moon having the sound Sanda or the Chank having the sound Sanka on one end of the lotus stalk and the Bo or Bodhi on the right lotus stalk. It has the sounds Sri Sanda Bo or Sri Sanka Bo.

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