Ancient Lanka - Tree and Svastika

Four Compartments - Left

A small irregular copper-lead coin with a four 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
tree4c_lsvastika_sm_obverse tree4c_lsvastika_sm_reverse
Obverse : A four branched tree within enclosure of four compartments in two rows of two each. The end of each branch probably splits into three leaves.
Reverse : A svastika revolving to left? (anti-clockwise). Rail not on Flan.

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 600dpi and displayed at 600dpi. 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.