Century 3rd BC to 1st AD - Lanka

Ruhuna - Lion and inscribed

A Lion coin with inscribed Brahmi script, before and after it was cleaned. These are recent finds at Akurugoda near Tissmaharama in south east Lanka.

SPECIFICATIONS
AlloyLead
TypeCast
Diameter17.5 mm
Thickness1.8 mm
Weight2.30 gms
Shaperound
Edgerough
DieAxis
ruhuna_lion_brahmi_pb_obverse ruhuna_lion_brahmi_pb_reverse
AlloyLead
TypeCast
Diameter17.0 mm
Thickness1.6 mm
Weight2.16 gms
Shaperound
Edgerough
DieAxis
ruhuna_lion_brahmi_pb_obverse ruhuna_lion_brahmi_pb_reverse
Obverse : Lion walking to the right with flat back and one of the front and back legs stretched out. Tail upraised behind. Life symbol above. Brahmi script faintly visible along periphery.
Reverse : About seven Brahmi script characters visible along periphery of coin. Should not be difficult to read with a bit of creativity

Five uncertain inscribed lead coins with Lion (E.11-E.16) with sizes 15 to 28 mm and weights from 1.8 to 6.6 grams that were found in Akurugoda are cataloged in 1999 by Osmund Bopearachchi and Rajah Wickramasinhe inRuhuna. An Ancient Civilization Re-visited . The coin above was obtained directly from the same collector who provided most of the items for that book.

I picked this coin thinking it may have images of two animals facing in opposite directions like in Teracotta seals (D.2-D.3), with the tail interpreted as a horse head with mane but now feel that this is not the case. This coin had been hardly cleaned (upper images) which was good.

After Ed Krivoniak success with cleaning some of these coins and his talk at PNS, I decided to give it a try which IMHO worked out OK. The coin was 6% lighter after cleaning. The removal of any toning of the coin makes it difficult to highlight detail in a scan. Much more clear when illuminated from side.

See also another horse coin with railed svastika on reverse which I had mistook for a lion.

The coin was scanned at 600 dpi and displayed at 350 dpi. It was obtained in 2001 December from Mr A. Ratnayaka a collector in Katharagama, Lanka.