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 ?
Height23.7 mm
Width20.3 mm
Thickness2.7 mm
Weight6.60 gms
OBRW_H77_lady_lsva_obverse OBRW_H77_lady_lsva_reverse
Obverse : Standing nude lady with ear-rings, two bracelets on the forearms; with her hands which are pendent, grasps two stalks on either side, 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.
Reverse : A Railed svastika revolving to right (Clockwise). Svastika mounted on a staff.

Seven Lakshmi and svastika cut lead coins (H.77 to H.83) with sizes 10 to 16 mm and weights from 0.8 to 7 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.77.

The lower half of design has been cutoff flan maybe for an fractional piece. OBRW has listed these cut coins as Series 3, but does not seem logical to me.

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.