Ancient Lanka - Tree and Svastika
12 Comp., 5 Branch Fork - Clockwise

A large circular copper-lead coin with a treewith five branches each with triple Fork at end within enclosure of twelve compartments on obverse and a railed svastika revolving to right (clockwise) on the reverse.

TypeCast ?
Diameter25.3 mm
Thickness3. mm
Weight5.82 gms
tree12c5bf_rsva_bg_obverse tree12c5bf_rsva_bg_reverse
Obverse : A tree with five branches within enclosure of twelve compartments in three rows of four each. The end of each branch splits into triple fork. Symbol on eitherside maybe the lion to left beween horizontal lines. All in plain circle.
Reverse : A Railed svastika revolving to right (clockwise). Symbol on left maybe the lion to left beween horizontal lines. On right indistict below uncleaned corrosion. All in plain circle.

This is one variety of many coins of this type.

The coin was scanned at 400 dpi and displayed at 250 dpi. It was obtained in 2003 March from Mr A. Ratnayaka a collector in Katharagama, Lanka.

Text edited from
* Ceylon Coins and Currency By H. W. Codrington. Colombo 1924
  Page 22 Chapter III - Tree and Svastika - Pl 12 to Pl 15.
* Ruhuna. An Ancient Civilisation Re-visited by Bopearachchi and Wickramasinhe. 1999
  Page 27 Local coins - Tree and Svastika - Pl H.9 to H.17.