Century 3rd BCE to 1st CE - Lanka
Inscribed Lead Token with Elephant and Floral Design

This Inscribed Lead token found in Akurugoda is Plate Specimen F.4. illustrated in 1999 book by Osmund Bopearachchi and Rajah Wickramasinhe Ruhuna. An Ancient Civilization Re-visited .

SPECIFICATIONS
AlloyPb
TypeCast
Diameter13.5 mm
Thickness1.6 mm
Weight1.69 gms
MintRuhuna
OBRW_F4_OBVERSE OBRW_F4_REVERSE

Obverse : Elephant to right standing on hind legs with trunk up. Ground-line defined by Clump of grass. Some indistinct brahami text above and behind.
Reverse : Floral design with eight large petals and eight smaller petals in between them, around two concentric circles at center.

OBRW_F4_drawing

OBRW appears not to have recognized the clump of grass defining the ground line.

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.