ANCIENT COINS OF SRI LANKA

The Story of Coins found in the Island of Sri Lanka is under the  following headings [ In Light Blue and Pink] and is arranged in a chronological order.In order to read the related subject please click on Underlined Link in Pink or Blue.

Crests on coins

1. Quick view of the Coins of Sri Lanka from 500 BC.


2. ANCIENT COINS.EARLY ANURADHAPURA PERIOD-500BC-300AD
3.COINS – MID-ANURADHAPURA PERIOD·300 AD- 700 AD
4.COINS OF LATE ANURADHAPURA PERIOD[700 AD- 1000 AD].
5.COINS OF POLONNARUVA PERIOD-1100-1200 AD .
6.Dambedeniya Period
7. Kotte Period

Please click on the links to view the relevant pages and posts.

Chapter I-Coins and Currency of Ceylon 1924- HW Codrington – Weight and Measures

INSCRIBED COINS OF RUHUNA.

ANCIENT COINS.EARLY ANURADHAPURA PERIOD

ANCIENT MONETARY SYSTEM IN SRILANKA BEFORE 5 CENT AD.

Inscribed Coins of Dataya. [Pre 300 BC]-

THE EARLIEST COIN MINTED [and Found]  IN SRI LANKA SO FAR??

Copper Punch Marked Coins found in Sri Lanka– 300 BC

Coins of Kalainga – from the same area that King Vijeya sailed to the Island.

 The Silver Kahapanas /Punched Mark Coins of the Maghdan Kings of North India found in Sri Lanka.

Coins & Currency HW Codrington Chapter II- Eldings.

This Chapter describes the single die struck coins both of Copper and Silver found in Sri Lanka. The Coins of  Surasena’s of Mathura.

Single Die Coins/ Coins of Surasena’s

Kahapanas or Silver Punched Mark Coin

Series II[ 435-425 BC] and III [430-410 BC] of King Adjasattu Sucessors in Maghada North India, In Sri Lanka King Vijaya’s Period?.
Series IV .[410-400 BC] of  King Sisunaga-Nandas of India and in Sri Lanka King Pandukabaya/ Mutusiva’s Period of reign?.
Series Va and VI .[400-370]-  of King Chandrgupta dynasty in India during King Mutusiva’s Period ?
Series Vb , VI b and VII-  Coins of  Emperor Asoka and Successors- During King Devanampiyatisa’s period.?

A Kahapana not in Gupta & Hardakar Table of 1987.

A Hoard of PMC’s from Tissamaharama

Evidence of Minting of PMC’s in Sri Lanka

PUNCH MARKED COINS MINTED IN SRI LANKA

Copper Punch Marked Coins found in Sri Lanka

A HOARD OF PUNCH MARKED COINS – SRI LANKA[ 500-100 BC]

Inscribed – Coin like pieces of Sri Lanka

Ancient Greek Coin finds in Sri Lanka

Kushan Coins found in Sri Lanka

Buddhist Chakram Types Coins·

Coins of Chola & Pandyan found in Sri Lanka

ANCIENT NUMISMATICS-CHAPTER II-HW CODRINGTON.

COINS OF THE RAILED SWASTIKA SERIES. 

Elephant and Swastika, Multi-symbol Coins – Types and denominations of Coins

Elephant and Swastika-Small.

Railed Swastika series 1. Coin & Currency of Ceylon- 1924- Chapter III Update

a.Horse & Railed Swastika

 b.Lion & Railed Swastika

c. Bo-Tree & Railed Swastika

New Find Tree Symbol

Tree and Swastika,Coins Type I
Tree and Swastika,Coins Type II
Symbols on Tree in Enclosure  

a.Tree symbol on Coins.

b. Symbols on Tree & Swastika Coins

c. Symbol found with Tree in Enclosure Mark.

MALE FIGURE[ standing ] and Railed Swastika Coins,

FEMALE FIGURE BATHED BY TWO ELEPHANTS?. Traces the history of this symbol.

SEATED FEMALE FIGURE BATHED BY TWO ELEPHANTS AND RAILED SWASTIKA

SEATED FIGURE ON COINS

MAYA DEVI / LAKSHMI – Cast ,Oblong Coins ·

MAYA DEVI / LAKSHMI- Struck. Oblong Coin    

Standing Figure- Ceylon Series I- Re-struck Coins.

 Standing figure -Ceylon  Series II.Coins
Standing Figure on Boat Series III- Coins
Vihare-maha Devi Coins.

ORIGIN OF COINS IN SRILANKA

NATURE OF COINS OF ANCIENT SRI LANKA

SYMBOLISM ON ANCIENT SRILANKAN COINS.

NAMES & NUMBERS OF COINS IN CIRCULATIONS DURING THE FIRST DYNASTY OF KINGS OF SRI LANKA. 500 BC- 100 AD

SWASTIKA ON SRI LANKAN COINS

BUDDHIST ART ON SRI LANKAN COINS

ROYAL EMBLEM ON COINS?

MINOR SYMBOLS ON THE RAILED SWASTIKA SERIES

LOTUS OR PADMA ON SRI LANKA COINS

POT OR VASE ON COINS OF SRI LANKA

THE CROWNS FOUND ON SRI LANKAN COINS

SUMMARY OF SYMBOLS.

ANALYSIS OF ARRANGEMENT OF SYMBOL ON OBVERSE-Railed Swsatika Series

ANALYSIS OF SYMBOL ON REVERSE OF COINS– Railed Swastika Series.

THE CHARACTERISTICS  THAT GUARANTEED RAILED PIECES AS A MEANS OF EXCHANGE

CREATIVE ART ON A FEW  COINS -A POWER POINT PRESENTATION.

SYMBOLS COMMON TO ASTAMANGALA SLABS AND COINS.

COINS 300 AD- 700 AD- ANURADHAPURA PERIOD·

Mane-less Lion Type Coins and  4 Dot in a circle on reverse
Rectangular Bull Type and 4 or 1 Dots on reverse

THILAK/BINDHUS OR DOTS FOUND ON COINS FOUND IN SRI LANKA.

Rectangular Bull and Pot on Reverse

Lion   with Pot on reverse ,

Bull and Pot Coin

Was the Bull on Ancient Coins – The Gona Sinhalaya?

Bull with Fish etc Coin, All types with Pot between two Lamps Coins Series.

” Sri Sanga Bodhi Coin“-  KNV Seyone

ROMAN(INCLUDING BYZANTINE), INDO-ROMAN AND MISCELLANEOUS.

COINS OF LATE ANURADHAPURA PERIOD[700 AD- 1000 AD].

Weights of Gold Coinage-HW Codrington

Ceylon Type -Design, Legend and value of Coins

Script  on Medieval Coins.

THE GOLD COINAGE OF SRI LANKA- All types and fractional pieces.

KALANDA’S OF GOLD -TYPE I– A Power-Point Presentation.

Gold Coinage of Sri Lanka -Kalandas of Gold  – Type I,Type II, Type III,all 60 verities

Adakahapanas-Half kalanda
Fractional Pieces- Deaka’s or Pala’s of Gold- Type I,

DE-AKA OR PALA OF GOLD.

AKAS OF GOLD

Inscribed Gold Nugget.

Legend on Gold Coinage.

Minting of Gold Coinage

A COLLECTION OF GOLD COINS OF SRI LANKA

A HOARD OF TYPE II GOLD COINS

FEW RECORDED EXPENDITURES IN GOLD COINS[ 7-10 CENT AD] ON INSCRIPTIONS

COINS OF THE CHOLAS RAJARAJA, RAGENDRAPAJA.

COINS OF POLONNARUVA PERIOD-1100AD ONWARDS MEDIAEVAL CEYLON-

The Coins found at Pollonaruva.and the Denominations or fractional pieces.

COINS – KING VIJAYABAHU I TO KOTTE PARAKRAMABAHU VII.

Vijeyabahu I,
Jayabahu Coin
Parakramabhu I,
Nissankamalle Coins,
Codaganga Coins,
Lilavati Coins[ 3 Reigns 1107-1200;1209;1211].
Sri Matsa Sahasamalle
Sahasamalle.[AD1200-1202].
Kalyanawati Coins
-Dhrammasoka Coins.

Dambedeniya Period

SERIES II CEYLON TYPE-

Parakramabahu II,

Vijeyabahu IV,
Bhuvaniaka Bahu I , of Yapahuva
Parakramabahu II or

King Vijayabahu IV.

KOTTE PERIOD
Parakramabahu VI of Kotte

COIN FINDS AT JETWANARAMA

THE VALUE OF COINS USED IN SRI LANKA

COIN DEPOSITED IN  KOTAVEHERA.

Ceylon type design  Para 18-Setu coins of Jaffna.

MEDIEVAL INDIAN
PORTUGUESE COINS IN SRI LANKA
DUTCH
BRITISH
MUHAMMADAN
MISCELLANEOUS, MEDIAEVAL; AND MODERN (FAR EAST,VENETIAN,SPANISH,NETHERLAND ,OTHER EUROPEAN,

PAGODAS AND FAMANS,
plus the tokens etc etc.

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