Roman Fourth Brass found in Lanka
Constantine the Great (306-337 CE)

Ancient Roman coins were found since the 1980's in Akurugoda, in Ruhuna, the southern part of the Island of lanka. The coins are identified mostly 4th Brass AE4 (under 17 MM) with few 3rd Brass AE3 (17 - 21 MM).

Diameter15 mm
Thickness mm
Weight2.0 gms
OBRW_G25_roman_constantineI_obverse OBRW_G25_roman_constantineI_reverse
Obverse : Bust of the Emperor to the right
Reverse : Two soldiers standing, each holding spear and leaning on shield, between the a standard.

Reverse looks like Three soldiers although the center is a large standard.

Twenty Four Late Roman Bronze coins (G.22 to G.45) found in Akurugoda with sizes 13 to 17 mm and weights from 0.9 to 2.5 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. This AE4 Very Good grade coin found in Akurugoda is Plate 8 Specimen G.25 The description of reverse is equated to that of G.23 for which it is given in this book.

Although listed in OBRW as Roman, two independent experts are of opinion that this is not an prototype late Roman Bronze Coin, but maybe inspired by the coins struck during the rule of Constantine I. The style of the Bust in obverse is different.

The coin was scanned at 600 dpi and are displayed at 400 dpi. They were obtained in 2000 August from Rajah Wickremasinhe author and collector in Lanka