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 ?
Height18.8 mm
Width9.6 mm
Thickness2.3 mm
Weight1.90 gms
OBRW_H70_lady_rsva_obverse OBRW_H70_lady_rsva_reverse
Obverse : Standing lady with ear-rings, clad in a broad girdle and with feet pointed outwards, 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 four dots beneath her feet.
Reverse : A Railed svastika revolving to right (Clockwise). Svastika mounted on a staff on horizontal line base with four vertical lines rising from it, on an elaborate pedestal structure under the rail. Triangular pennant-like symbol pointing down to the left (and right?) side of the staff.

This small Lakshmi found in Akurugoda has been classified as Series two and 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.70.

The Pedastal is like series two, but not the shape. the size of the coin, The two elephants and ship shape is off flan. To be series 2 the left and right quarter of coin would need to have been cut off.

This is one variety of many coins of this type.

The coin was scanned at 600 dpi and displayed at 600 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.