Ancient Lanka - Tree and Svastika

Twelve Compartments - Left

A oblong lead coin with a four branched tree within enclosure of twelve compartments on obverse and a railed svastika revolving to left (anticlockwise) on the reverse.

Diameter14.4 mm
Thickness1.6 mm
Weight1.11 gms
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Obverse : A four branched tree within enclosure of twelve compartments in three rows of four each.
Reverse : A Railed svastika revolving to left (anti-clockwise).

This is one variety of many coins of this type. The ends of branches which is visible do not split into three, and there no unidentified symbols to left and right if the railed svastika like in the other 12-compartment coin.

Ten Tree and svastika lead coins (H.9 to H.18) with sizes 10 to 29 mm and weights from 0.4 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 . The coin above was obtained directly from the same dealer who provided most of the items for that book.

Text edited from
* Ceylon Coins and Currency By H. W. Codrington. Colombo 1924
  Page 22 Chapter III - Tree and Svastika - Pl 12 to Pl 15.
* Ruhuna. An Ancient Civilisation Re-visited by Bopearachchi and Wickramasinhe. 1999
  Page 27 Local coins - Tree and Svastika - Pl H.9 to H.17.

The coin was scanned at 600dpi and displayed at 500dpi. It was obtained in 2001 December from Mr A. Ratnayaka a Dealer in Katharagama, Lanka.