1208 - 1209 - Lanka
An extreamly rare Eighth massa copper coin of royal Prince
DharmasokaDeva who on coming to the throne was aged three months and
reigned for one year under the general Ayasmanta.
DharmasokaDeva - Eighth massa
Obverse : Traditional Lankan massa design of standing king.
|Codrington page 70||Mitchiner Unlisted
The head consists of an irregular oblong, the right side being
a vertical line, from which projects three horizontal stokes
representing the nose, mouth and chin. The crown bulging
outwards at the back. The two curved lines on either side of the legs
slightly turned upwards at the end indicate a person wearing a
'dhoti', and standing on a lotus stalk with flower to the right. The
forearm is bent sharply down; the hand grasps the hanging lamp. The
right side elbow is curved down with the arm turned upwards
holds a flower presumed to be a jasmine blossom. To the right
is an alter. A rim of beads.
Reverse : Nagari legend Sri Dha rmma so ka De va
This is an extreamly rare copper one Eighth massa coins from the late
Polonnaruwa era. Codrington in 1924, on page 70, says that the only
known specimen was in the cabinet of Mr H. C. P. Bell and is described
in the Indian Antiquary, 1895, p 332. I am told that under 20 of these
coins are now known to exist.
One sold in 2017-04-01 Ahamedabad Indian CNG Auction 27 lot
for Indian Rs16,000 including BP and Taxes making reference to this website.
The DharmasokaDeva one massa coin
is one of six fairly common copper coins from this era.
Text edited from
* Ceylon Coins and Currency: H. W. Codrington, Colombo, 1924.
Chapter VI Mediaeval Lanka - Sinhala of 12th & 13th Century - Series I, Page 70
The coins were scanned at 600dpi and displayed at 600 dpi
The almost mint state coin was obtained in 2001 December from
O. M. R. Sirisena an expert collector in Colombo, Lanka.
The more corroded coin with better provenance was purchased in 2008
from collector in Pollonnaruva.