1462 - 1597 - Setu Type II(1) - Jaffna
Arya Chakravartis Copper massa

Traditional design of Lanka standing King Type copper massa of the Jaffna Arya Chakravartis circ 1462-1597, of Codrington SETU type II(1).

SPECIFICATIONS
DenominationOne massa
AlloyCopper
TypeStruck
Diameter20.2 mm
Thickness1.6 mm
Weight3.78 gms
ShapeRound
EdgePlain
DieAxis
setu_II-1_massa_cu_obverse setu_II-1_massa_cu_reverse
Codrington 91 ;Mitchiner #868
Obverse : Standing king; head an oval open to right with crown consisting two short lines and dot ; Under right arm hanging lamp symbol with (d) upward lines three on left and two on right. Dhoti shorter and noline between legs. On right tall fire-alter or standing lamp the upright of which has (d) cross piece with dot above and below. To right of this lamp a verticle like a mace ending in a ball at either extreame, All in a line circle with dots outside.
Reverse : Bull couchant facing left. Crescent and sun above. Tamil legend SETU below ; large kombu. To right and left of bull a groups of three dots.

See also SETU - 1462-1597 - type II (4) coin; and (6) coin

Text edited from
* Ceylon Coins and Currency: H. W. Codrington, Colombo, 1924.
Chapter VI Mediaeval Lanka - "Setu" Coins - Type II(4), Page 77
* 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 (ex: Raja Wickramasinghe) I purchased in 2016 December.