1462 - 1597 - Setu - Jaffna
Arya Chakravartis Copper massa
Traditional design of Lanka standing King Type copper massa of the
Jaffna Arya Chakravartis circ 1462-1597, of Codrington
SETU type II(4).
This very specimen was loaned by Raja Wickramasinghe for use as the
model to draw the Rs 17.00 Stamp of Indigenous Coinage of Sri Lanka
stamp set issued by Sri Lanka Philatelic Bureau on 2001.06.18
Obverse : Standing king with crown consisting two short lines and dot
; body broad, arms raised. Below body a line following the contour at
each end of which is a dot. Below and separated from this line hangs
the Dhoti To the left two semicircles with dot above each
disposed virtically ; to right lamp, the stem of which consists of a
large ball between two smaller balls, and the head of a horizontal
line curved upwards at either end enclosing a flame. On either side of
figure two dots. All within cicle of dashes.
|Codrington 94 ;Mitchiner #868
Reverse : Bull couchant facing left. Crescent and sun above. Tamil legend
SETU below ; large kombu. To right and left of bull a group
of three dots.
See also earlier SETU - 1284-1410 -
type I (1) coin;
type I (3) coin and
type II (6) coin
Text edited from
* Ceylon Coins and Currency: H. W. Codrington, Colombo, 1924.
Chapter VI Mediaeval Lanka - "Setu" Coins - Type II(4), Page 77
* Oriental Coins: Michael Mitchiner, London, Hawkins Publications, 1978.
The coin was scanned at 600dpi and displayed at 300dpi.
It is from part of Lalith Raddella's collection (ex: Raja Wickramasinghe)
I purchased in 2016 December.