Century 3rd BC to 1st AD - Lanka

Ruhuna - Lion and Svastika

The Lion and Svastika lead coins are rare recent finds at Akurugoda near Tissmaharama in south east Lanka.

Diameter16.4 mm
Thickness3.5 mm
Weight2.76 gms
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Obverse : Lion jumping to the right with arched back and front legs stretched forward. Three heaped chitya below. Parts of few Brahmi text characters visble
Reverse : Railed svastika revolving to right (clockwise) at center of coin. Brahmi text characters visble all around periphery.

Ten lion and svastika lead coins (E.1-E.10) with sizes 7 to 25 mm and weights from 0.5 to 7 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.

This coin is probably a more complete specimen of fragment E.5 which has a 3-heap chitya below lion as on this coin.

This coin has only been lightly cleaned which is good. A more professional cleaning may help reveal more detail and symbols, but I have not decided if to try.

The coin was scanned at 600 dpi and displayed at 400 dpi. It was obtained in 2003 May from Mr A. Ratnayaka a collector in Katharagama, Lanka.