The main symbols are the Standing Figure on the obverse and a Seated Figure on the reverse.Many other symbols are placed around these two figures.On the obverse held in the left hand is Srivatsa, underneath it is a chank joined to a Lotus stalk which is under the figure. A flower [ Picha Mala] is at the on the lotus stalk under the left hand side of figure. Above this is four Golas and a Disc.[ These look similar but of different size]. The left hand holds a Picha mala.
The seated figure, the throne or Asana is not seen as on coins of Vijayabahu I etc, but hold a Chank in left hand.
A Total of 8 symbols, perhaps forms an Astamangala.
The Seated Figure. Many interpretations are given, A King, Vishnu, Kubera etc.
Large numbers of these coins are found through out the country. Although the reign was two years, the coin inscribed Sri Matsahasamalle out number most of the other coins of Queen lilavati,Kings Parakramabahu[ mainly the eight Massa] and Dhrammasoka deva found during the excavations of done by the Cultural triangle in Pollonnaruva.
King no 149. SAHASSA MALLA 1187-1189 AD – King Nissanka Malla’s younger brother – Ruled for two years. He was deposed by Ayasmantha, the chief of the army, who placed Kalyanavati, the queen of the late King Nissanka Malla, on the throne.Though the short reign a comparatively large numbers of coins are found almost in every part of the Island. Many were excavated during the Central Cultural fund excavations.
CHAPTER VI-HW CODRINGTON- COINS & CURRENCY OF CEYLON-1924. Continued from Chapter VI para 10. Chodagaganga
AR.: “ Massa. ” (Lowsley).
Base metal :-
lla, . or occasionally. la.
(2) Sri mat Sa ha sa Ma la ;
(3) Sri ma Sa ha sa Ma lla ;
(4) Sri ma Sa ha sa Ma la.
The head is usually normal ; (c) (i)( 1) and (2) occur.
A unique coin with legend (2) is in Mr. Bells cabinet It is apparently mad of lokada and copper; is cast, as once gilt. It weighs 82 grains, and has a diameter of 0.78 inch, and a thickness of 0.07 inch.