Ruhuna - Lanka

Lead - Inscribed Brahmi

A lead coin with Inscribed Brahmi text and a geometrical design.

AlloyLead
TypeCast
Diameter16.3 mm
Thickness1.8 mm
Weight2.71 gms
ShapeCircular
Edgeplain
DieAxis
ruhuna1_brahmi_pb_obverse ruhuna1_brahmi_pb_reverse
Obverse : Geometrical design of a central circle and "srivasta"? around, surrounded by two concentric plain circles.
Reverse : A central space with maybe some symbol. About a dozen Brahmi characters along periphery. Note that the bottom of the text is along the outer rim. This convention is unlike in modern or ancient roman coins.

In the 1999 catalog by Osmund Bopearachchi and Rajah Wickramasinhe titled Ruhuna. An Ancient Civilization Re-visited , these are listed as Inscribed Coins (A.1 - A.39). See for example coin A.26. It was obtained directly from the same collector who provided most of the items for that book.

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