Bull and Triangular Symbol

Ancient Lanka - Anuradhapura-Ruhuna Period

A square cast copper coin with a bull standing facing left or right on obverse and a triangular frame with dot in center on the reverse. Found at various archaeological sites in Anuradhapura and Ruhuna.

Height12.9 mm
Width12.6 mm
Thickness2.0 mm
Weight1.06 gms
bullr_dotri_obverse bullr_dotri_reverse
Ruhuna B&W #H.23

Obverse : A standing bull facing right within double rectangular frame.
Reverse : A triangle with rounded edges enclosing a small central circle (dot).

Bopearachchi and Wickremesinhe in Ruhuna illustrates two copper coins from Akurugoda of same type H.23 (12 mm, 0.62 gms) and H.24 (10 mm, 0.24 gms).

These coins are however smaller and lighter than all the Rectangular Bull Type coins listed in Codrington who has a variety of sizes from 16 mm to 28 mm and weights from 1.8 gms to 13 gms and illustrates two in Pl.16 and PL.17.

The coin was scanned at 600dpi and displayed at 500dpi. It was obtained in December 1999 from Rajah Wickremesinhe an Author and collector in Colombo, Lanka.

Text edited from
* Ceylon Coins and Currency By H. W. Codrington. Colombo 1924
  Page 24 Chapter III - Ancient Coins - Rectangular Bull Type. Pl 16 to Pl 17.