These earliest known coins were small pieces of metal, generally of silver, punched with Mint marks. The usage of these Karshapana in Lanka is mentioned on inscriptions and the Mahavamsa and Arthashastra which mentions types of coins issued in the 3rd century BCE.
|OBRW G.75; G&H #450|
These punch-mark coins (PMC) are cataloged with classification proposed by P. L. Gupta and T. R. Hardaker (1985) in Indian Silver Punched-marked Coins: Magadha-marura Karshapara Series, Nasik, as G&H #450, which is listed as an extremely common type.
Punch-marked coins from a single hoard of 28 Imperial Punched-marked and 4 Lakshmi plaques found in a Terracotta money box (I.1) found in Akurugodella are illustrated in the 1999 catalog Ruhuna. An Ancient Civilization Re-visited by Bopearachchi and Wickramasinhe (OBRW), G.59-G.86 Plates 9-11. This coin is Plate Specimens G.75 in this book. Click here for longer discussion and links to other Plate Specimens from this book in this collection.
* Ceylon Coins and Currency By H. W. Codrington. Colombo 1924
Page 16 Chapter III Ancient Coins - Edlings - Plate 1
The coin was scanned at 600 dpi and is displayed at 400 dpi.
This coin ex: Raja Wickramasinghe, is from part of Lalith Raddella's
collection I purchased in 2016 December.