Ancient Ruhuna, Lanka
2nd Century BCE - 2nd Century CE
Lady and Svastika - Clockwise

A oblong copper-lead coin with a standing lady on obverse and a railed svastika revolving to right (Clockwise) on the reverse.

TypeCast ?
Height38.4 mm
Width20.4 mm
Thickness2.5 mm
Weight8.99 gms
OBRW_H34_lady_lsva_obverse OBRW_H34_lady_lsva_reverse
OBRW #34
Obverse : Standing nude lady with ear-rings and prominant naval within rectangled. She stand on a large lotus and with her hands which are pendent, grasps two stalks of the same plant, springing from either side of the flower beneath her feet and ending about level of the shoulders in a small blossom, upon each of which stands a small elephant holding a water pot in his upturned trunk. the two trunks forming an arch over her head.
Reverse : A Railed svastika revolving to right (Clockwise). Svastika mounted on a staff on horizontal line base with four vertical lines rising from it, beneath are two curved lines. Curved w on left and V with horizontal line above on right side of the staff.

Twenty Lakshmi and svastika lead coins (H.30 to H.49) with sizes 13 to 47 mm and weights from 0.5 to 16 grams that were found in Akurugoda are cataloged under Local Coins in 1999 by Osmund Bopearachchi and Rajah Wickramasinhe in the book Ruhuna. An Ancient Civilization Re-visited .
This coin is Plate Specimen H.34.

This is one variety of many coins of this type.

The coin was scanned at 600 dpi and displayed at 300 dpi. ex: Raja Wickramasinghe, it is from part of Lalith Raddella's collection I purchased in 2016 December.

Text edited from
* Ceylon Coins and Currency By H. W. Codrington. Colombo 1924
  Page 26-31 Chapter III - Appendix - Plaques - Pl 20 to Pl 25.
* Ruhuna. An Ancient Civilisation Re-visited by Bopearachchi and Wickramasinhe. 1999
  Page 91-93 Local coins - Lakshmi and Svastika - Pl H.30 to H.49.