1st-3rd Century AD - Lanka

`Lakshmi' Plaque Series 2

A rare struck plaque which is much wider and has elephant symbols relatively much larger on either side of goddess Lakshmi on obverse and a railed Svastika atop ship on the reverse.

SPECIFICATIONS
AlloyCu
TypeStruck
Height23.7 mm
Width27.3 mm
Thickness2.2 mm
Weight5.90 gms
Shaperectangle
DieAxis
OBRW_H76_lakshmi_s2_obverse OBRW_H76_lakshmi_s2_reverse
OBRW # H.76

Obverse : goddess Lakshmi standing with upraised hands and the two elephants on either side are relatively larger than normal.

Reverse : railed Svastika, rotating right with an elaborate structure under the rail taking the form of a ship. Triangular life symbol to the right (and left).

Five coins of this type and size are illustrated in the 1999 catalog Ruhuna. An Ancient Civilisation Re-visited by Bopearachchi and Wickramasinhe, Plate 15, H.72-H.76.
H.72 is from Anuradhapura and the rest including above is from Akurugoda.
This coin is Plate Specimen H76 in this catalog and was obtained from the Author.

Click here for longer discussion and links to other Lakshmi plaques in collection.

The coin was scanned at 300dpi and displayed at 200dpi. It was obtained in 2000 August from Rajah Wickremesinhe an Author and collector in Colombo, Lanka. He had purchased it in 1974 from a trader in Anuradhapura.