Century 3rd BCE to 1st CE - Lanka
Inscribed Lead Token with Cross

This Inscribed Lead token found in Akurugoda is Plate Specimen A.37. illustrated in 1999 book by Osmund Bopearachchi and Rajah Wickramasinhe Ruhuna. An Ancient Civilization Re-visited .

SPECIFICATIONS
AlloyPb
TypeCast
Diameter13.1 mm
Thickness2.8 mm
Weight2.20 gms
MintRuhuna
OBRW_A37_OBVERSE OBRW_A37_REVERSE

Obverse : Cross made of Four spokes from central hub connected to raised rim like a wheel.
Reverse : Legend in Brahmi - ta(?) sa pi ja na with a tree-like symbol above as divider.

OBRW_A37_drawing

Rev: Symbol on top excluded in OBRW line drawing.

The text on this particular coin is retranslated and discussued by Pushparatnam in his 2002 book Ancient Coins of Sri Lankan Tamil Rulers, as Coin 2 Figure 3 on page 39, among line drawings of 11 coins from the OBRW Ruhuna catalog.

Click here for longer discussion of items from Ancient Ruhuna and links to other Plate coins from this book in the lakdiva collection.

The specimen was scanned at 600 dpi and displayed at 400 dpi.
It was obtained in 2016 May from Lalith Raddella in Colombo who had purchased a selection from Raja Wickramasinghe.