Ancient Lanka - Tree and Svastika
4 Comp.- 7 branch Plain - Anticlockwise

A small irregular copper-lead coin with seven plain branched tree within enclosure of four compartments on obverse and a railed svastika revolving to left(?) (anti-clockwise) on the reverse.

TypeCast ?
Diameter10.5 mm
Thickness1. mm
Weight0.50 gms
tree4c7bf_lsva_sm_obverse tree4c7bf_lsva_sm_reverse
Codrington #15 Type 3(iii)
Obverse : A seven branched tree within enclosure of four compartments with a dot at center of each in two rows of two each. Plain branches with no fork or leaves at end. Symbols if any on eitherside indistinct.
Reverse : A svastika revolving to left? (anti-clockwise). Rail not on Flan. Symbols if any on eitherside indistinct.

The Dot in each compartment is described by Codrington for Type 3(iii) which is Pl.15 which is 1.06 grams. 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 Swastika (H.9 - H.18). It is about the size and weight of the smallest known of this Series H.13 It was obtained directly from the same collector who provided most of the items for that book.

The coin was scanned at 600 dpi and displayed at 600 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.