|Stamp Bulletin No. 667||Special Issue|
The Philatelic Bureau of the Department of Posts issued a set of 6 stamps of the denominations Rs. 5.00, Rs. 10.00, Rs. 12.00, Rs. 15,00, Rs. 30.00 and Rs. 40.00 depicting various phases and features of the Proto-historic period and Early Anuradhapura period on the 30th of April, as the 2nd set in the series of stamps depicting the historical heritage and features of Sn Lanka, by the name of "Ancient Sri Lanka".
Iron melting furnaces can be found in areas all around the Island. The ancient settlers possessed the technological know -how to process not only iron but also other metal such as Copper, Silver, Gold and Bronze.
When contemplating the evolution of the system of money transactions in the Island, the earliest type of coin used in India as well as Lanka from the BCE era was known as Purana. Such coins, made of Copper and Silver and were circular, oval, rectangular and triangular in shape. It is seen that the coins were manufactured to be of equal weight. These coins used by the community from 3rd century BCE to 4th century CE bore the symbols of the sun, trees, animals, human beings, fish and mountain ranges Punched on them. Hence they are identified as Has Ebu Kahapana.
The swastika coin is 2 to 2.5 centimeters in size and nearly 16 grams in weight. A significant factor is the depiction of railed swastika symbol on the obverse. This type of coin is found to belong to period from the 2nd century BCE to 4th century CE. There had been several types of this coin bearing the symbols Lion and Swastika and Tree and Swasikia.
|Date of Issue||30th April 2008|
|Stamp Size||30mm x 30mm|
|Printing Process||Offset Lithography|
|Sheet Composition||12 stamps per sheet|
|Printers||Department of Government Printing, Sri Lanka|
|Colours (used)||4 Process Colours|
|Paper||102 gsm. Security Stamp Paper|
|Quantity Printed||Rs 30.00 - 500,000|