Traditional design of Lanka standing King Type copper massa of the Jaffna Arya Chakravartis circ 1284-1410, of Codrington SETU type I(3) with bull couchant vertically.
|Codrington 90 ;Mitchiner #862|
Codrington SETU Type I(3) is similar to Type I(2) but is larger and coarser. The right arm on obvers, seems to be raised and not bent downwards ; under it hanging lamp is usually more like a trident. The Kombu in the legend is over half the size of the S.
This is a rare coin even in Good grade. The coins illustrated in Codrington and also in Mitchiner are of similar grade.
See also other SETU type I (1) coin and later during the deline of kingdom - 1462-1597 - type II (6) coin.
Text edited from
* Ceylon Coins and Currency: H. W. Codrington, Colombo, 1924.
Chapter VI Medieval Lanka - "Setu" Coins - Type I(1), Page 75
* Oriental Coins: Michael Mitchiner, London, Hawkins Publications, 1978.
The coin was scanned at 300dpi and displayed at 300dpi. It was obtained in 2000 August from Rajah Wickremesinhe an Author and collector in Colombo, Lanka. His resonable identification of coin as Codrington #90 has been adopted.