GOLD NUGGETS VALUED OVER US $ 25,000 FOUND DURING ANURADHAPURA EXCAVATIONS.
Four Gold Nuggets that were inscribed with the weight in Kalans was excavated during the Cultural Fund excavations at Anuradhapura. These were found with 22 gold Kalandas Coins during Abeyagiri Monastery excavations.These had been cast and inscribed in medieval Sinhala script. The weights are given in an ancient Sinhalese measure the Kalandas which is approximately 3.45 Grams. The name of Gold coins on inscriptions of Kings of the Island who ruled at Anuradhapura during the 8-9 Cent AD is Ran(gold) kalan[ A weight]. These inscriptions gives expenditure , income, taxes, deposits to monetary institutions , fines and donations etc that are valued in Ran kalan and its denominations- Ran De-aka and RanAka. The value of the first coined nugget is @ $ 1500 per oz round US $ 25,000 if its pure Gold. Refer to Kalandas of Gold.sirimunasiha.wordpress. Two of them shown below are marked a Ekasiya dek kalan and ekanu-anuwa. These are sinhala names for number 102 Kalandas of Gold[ 438 grams] or one less than ninety or 89 kalandas of gold. The Coined Nugget now on display at Abeyagiri Cultural Project at Anuradhapura. The Coined Nugget at Colombo National Museum
These two nuggets was found during Central Cultural Fund excavations at Anuradhapura, the ancient capital of Sri Lanka. The script is 7th Cent AD Sinhala . Gold Nuggets of 2 Cent BC mentioned in Mahawansa, Mahawansa the great chronicle of ancient Sri Lanka written around the 4 -5 Cent AD, describes how King Dutugemunu financed the building of the Maha-seya at Anuradhapura.Read lakdiva.org.mahawansa.Chapter XXVIII verse 13,14 ad 15. The finds of gold nuggets.A Comparison of the size of nuggets that were found during 2 Cent BC with those finds at Abeyagiri Vihare described above.The Cart that carried the gold ingot, the size of them is given in the ancient Sinhala measures of lenght – “a span to a finger length” , broke down in a village called Ran-bewa [ Gold-Unloaded ] , the name still exists along the route from the old capital to place where these were found as mentioned in the Mahawansa. chapter XXVIII verse 13.Read Gold Rush in Sri Lanka WORLDS LARGEST INGOT. Mitsubishi Materials Corporation poured the largest ingot weighing 551.15 pounds and valued at 3.7 Million dollars[17.9 in X 9.8 in X 6.7 in high]. This is so heavy and cannot be lifted by a normal person . Natural Gold Ingots. The largest nugget found in natural form in the world is 630 pounds is shown below.