Stamp Bulletin No. 702 Special Issue

Ancient Sri Lanka - Stamp Series

Polonnaruwa Era


Philatelic Bureau
Department of Posts,
Postal Headquarters, D. R. Wijewardena Mawatha, Colombo 00100, SRI LANKA

The Philatelic Bureau of the Department of Post issued the 4th set of Postage stamps in series, on Sri Lankan historic heritage and features under the name of "Ancient Sri Lanka", in the denominations of Rs. 5.00, Rs. 10.00, Rs. 15.00, Rs. 25.00, Rs. 30.00 and Rs. 40.00 on 23rd June, 2009, at the time of adopting a new logo for Sri Lanka Tourist Board.

Vijayabahu the great was the first Lankan King to put his name on a coin. Earlier kings issued anonymous gold coins. Gradually the quality of gold in coins reduced, then silver coins, later on copper coins were issued. Since then centuries passed, without issue of local gold coins. Monarchs after King Vijayabahu followed his style and issued coins with their names on the coin.

The names of Lankan Monarchs who issued coins with their name are listed below:

Vijayabuhu I (1055-1111) Sri Vijayabahu
Parakramabahu (1153-1186) Sri Parakramabahu
Nisshankamalla (1187-1196) Sri Kalegalakeja
Codaganga (1196-1197) Sri Codagadeva
Lilawathi Queen (1197-1200,
Sri Raja Lilawathi
Sahassamalla (1200-1202) Sri Mathsahasamalla
Darmashoka (1208-1209) Sri Darmashokadeva
Parakramabahu II (1236-1271) Sri Parakramabahu
Vijayabahu IV (1271-1273) Sri Vijayabahu
Buwanekabahu I (1273-1284) Sri Buwanekabahu

Rs. 5.00 - Language, Trade, Money.

Galpotha inscription, obverse and reverse of massa coin issued in the reign of Queen Lilawathi

A huge stone situated eastern side of "Vatadageya" in holy square, contain inscription, called the Galpotha (a stone book). It is in 26 feet, 10 inches length and 4 feet, 7 inches width. It is stated, on the stone, that it was taken from Segiriya (Present Mihintale). It was king Nishshankamalla's creation. The inscription contain, his own self-commendation and his claim to the Lankan throne. Side of the pillar has got carving of "Gaja Lakshmi".

Among the kings in Polonnaruwa, Queen Lilawathie ruled the country thrice. She issued a copper massa coin with name "Sri RajaLilawathie" written in Deva Nagari on its reverse.

Details of the Issue

Date of Issue 23rd June 2009
Denominations Rs.5.00,
Designer Sudath Jayawardene (5.00)
Stamp Size 82mm x 30mm
Format Horizontal
Printing Process Offset Lithography
Sheet Composition 8 Stamps per sheet
Perforations 14 x 13½
Printers Department of Government Printing, Sri Lanka
Colours (used) 4 Process Colours
Paper 102 gsm. Security Stamp Paper
Quantity Printed Rs.5.00 - 500,000

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