CEYLON COINS AND CURRENCY
Mr HW Codrington published this table in 1924,but even before the book was published he added a new find[ see Supplment Chapter V page 243].Most new finds since then was published by Mr OMR Sirissena in 2001. This is an attempt to up date Mr HW Codrington’s table and his text.The suggested alterations are in Red while Mr Codrington text is retained in blue.
The one- fourths of a Ran kalan. Inscribed Laksmi. The name found on contemporary inscriptions is De-aka or two -Akas. Aka is also mentioned in Inscriptions. DEAKA OR PALA -TYPE I – “Lakshmi“ There are 8 or 9 varieties of types I Kalandas [ see gold coinage of Sri Lanka], of these Five verieties of Deakas IA,IB,IC,ID and IF have been published. Type IA – “Sun & Moon”Ira Handa[TWO COINS OF MR OMR SIRISENA.]
Obv. : Standing figure ( ? of Kuvera) r. ; crown, a curved line behind head, turning to left. at bottom Right arm pendent ; over left arm the Sun and Moon symbol. Left leg crossed behind right. To 1,standing lamp ; to r. fire-altar as in last. All in bead circle. Rev. : In bead circle legend under crescent to 1. ; two dots under first letter legend : Lakshmi. The k and sh are run together. Coin No 1 Diameter : 16.45mm.Weight-14 grains Coin No 2 Diameter : 16.37mm.Weight-13 grains
Type IB “Chank over Vase”[A unique COINS OF MR OMR SIRISENA.].
TYPE IC-“Vase” TWO COINS OF OMR SIRISENA. Coin No 1 Diameter : 16.64mm.Weight-15 grains Coin No 2 Diameter : 16.67mm.Weight-14 grains
Obv. : Standing figure ( ? of lakshmi) r. ; crown, a curved line behind head, turning to l. at bottom Right arm pendent ; left arm bent and holding vase, from which springs a plant composed of a straight line with four branches or leaves. Left leg crossed behind right. To 1,standing lamp ; to r. fire-altar as in last. All in bead circle. Rev. : In bead circle legend under crescent to 1. ; two dots under first letter, which is smaller than the compound one. legend : Lakshmi. The k and sh are run together. The latter is represented by a circle ; the left arm of the former appears as a short projection from the circle on the right (for its correct . position see II (2) ), while the long right arm seems to survive in the second vertical from the right, side of the compound letter. The left hand vertical of the m is straight and descends from a point slightly to the right of the centre of the circle. The vowel mark springs from the top of ksh and curves upwards, and then descends to the right of the compound letter. Diameter : 0.57 in. Ringed. Unique.