1284 - 1410 - Setu Type I(2) - Jaffna
Arya Chakravartis Copper massa

Traditional design of Lanka standing King Type copper massa of the Jaffna Arya Chakravartis circ 1284-1410, of Codrington SETU type I(2) with bull couchant vertically.

DenominationOne massa
Diameter20.2 mm
Thickness2.0 mm
Weight3.73 gms
setu_I-2_massa_cu_obverse setu_I-2_massa_cu_reverse
Codrington 89 ;Mitchiner #862
Obverse : Standing king with crown consisting two lines and a dot, trident on left under raised right arm. On right (near bottom edge 5 O'clock) a small bull couchant vertically with a filled circle before it. Above a group of spheres, surmounted by crescent. All in bead circle.
Reverse : Coarse Seated king on left facing right with Tamil legend SETU vertically below his arm.

See also similar SETU type I(3) coin.

Text edited from
* Ceylon Coins and Currency: H. W. Codrington, Colombo, 1924.
Chapter VI Medieval Lanka - "Setu" Coins - Type I(1), Page 75
* Oriental Coins: Michael Mitchiner, London, Hawkins Publications, 1978.

The coin was scanned at 600dpi and displayed at 300dpi. It is from part of Lalith Raddella's collection I purchased in 2016 December.