Century 3rd BCE to 1st CE - Lanka
Inscribed Lead Token in shape of Tortoise

This Inscribed Lead token in shape of tortoise found in Akurugoda is similer to Plate Specimen A.41. illustrated in 1999 book by Osmund Bopearachchi and Rajah Wickramasinhe Ruhuna. An Ancient Civilization Re-visited .

Size15.6x18.4 mm
Thickness2.5 mm
Weight3.37 gms

Obverse : Tortoise shape, head and front legs. Back curved with no legs or tail.
Reverse : Legend in Brahmi on body of tortoise shape.


The weight shape and and size is about the same as A41 but the Brahami legend appears different to that published for A41.

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.