Ancient Lanka - Tree and Svastika

Twelve Compartments - Right

A large circular copper-lead coin with a four branched tree 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
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Obverse : A four branched tree within enclosure of twelve compartments in three rows of four each. The end of each branch splits into three leaves. Unidentified symbol to left and right.
Reverse : A Railed svastika revolving to right (clockwise). Unidentified symbol to left and right.

This is one variety of many coins of this type.

In the 1999 catalog by Osmund Bopearachchi and Rajah Wickramasinhe titled Ruhuna. An Ancient Civilization Re-visited , these are listed as Local Coins - Tree and Svastika (H.9 - H.18). It is about the size and weight of the largest known of this Series H.1 It was obtained directly from the same collector who provided most of the items for that book.

The coin was scanned at 400dpi and displayed at 250dpi. 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.