Coins from Sri Lanka (Ceylon)

Ancient 500 BCE to 600 CE

The Anuradhapura Period from 3rd Century BCE Map

  * The `Puranas' or punch mark coins.     Please help Identify a dozen coins
  * Elephant and Svastika struck coin(half ?); coin(small) -- Read Feature Article
  * Elephant and Svastika coin cast
  * Lion and Svastika coin; coin fragment OBRW:E5; - coin Large: Very Rare
  * Horse and Svastika coin - Extreamly Rare
  * Tree and Svastika coins Many Type and sizes
  * The `Lakshmi' Plaques Many Types and sizes
  * Lakshmi plaque series 2 OBRW:H.76

  * Rectangular Bull Type
      Standing left - Wheel in Square Frame coin
      Standing right - dot in Triangle coin
  * Maneless Lion coins
  * Chera Elephant - Bow and Ankusa Type coin

  * Brahmi script Inscribed token with Lakshmi - line-drawings
  * Lion with Brahmi inscribed token
  * Brahmi script Inscribed token Floral design.
  * Brahmi script Inscribed token 1; token 2

Some Plate Specimens from the collection published in book.
   Ruhuna. The Ancient Civilization Re-Visited
  * Brahmi script Inscribed token Wheels OBRW:A.26
  * Inscribed token Elephant OBRW:E.22
  * Inscribed token Tortoise OBRW:E.30
  * More Inscribed Lead tokens from OBRW publication.

  * Roman bronzes including Indo-Roman found in Ruhuna, Lanka.
      OBRW: G.25 G.30 G.46 G.50 G.52 G.56 and six more coins. Help Identify them.

Medieval - 600 CE to 1500 CE

Periods under Indian Influence. Map

  * Pallava Lion and Pot Type coin

  * Kongu Lion Type coin
  * Ranthambhor Standing Lion Silver 1275 CE coin

  * Pandya Bull and Fish Type - smaller LR coin - larger RL coin
  * Fish and Sceptre Chola type coin.

The Chola occupation of Lanka. 990 - 1070
  * Raja Raja Lanka type gold Madai coin
  * Seated King, Lanka type RajaRaja Copper massa coins
  * Seated Tiger, Thanjavu type gold coin
  * Rajendra Chola Gold Kasu coin
  * Gangai Konda Chola silver Kasu coin

  * Standing Bull Chola type Copper massa coins
  * SETU - Jaffna - Arya Chakravartis Copper massa -
  - 1284-1410 - type I (1) coin; type I (3) coin
  - 1462-1597 - type II (4) coin; type II (6) coin

  * Gajapati gold Pagoda coin and Fanam coin
  * Hoysalas gold Fanam coin

The Sovereign Lakdiva

Anonymous Lanka type gold Kahavanu, Pala and Aka coins

The Polonnaruva Period from 11th to 13 Century CE.

  * 1055-1110 VijayaBahu I gold Kahavanu coin : Rare

  * Sinhala Monarchs Massa coins - Identify

Polonnaruva Period.
  * 1153-1186 ParakramaBahu the Great: Silver massa coin;
               Copper massa coin; and Eighth coin : Scarce
  * 1187-1196 NissankaMalla Silver massa coin; and Copper massa coin : Rare
  * 1196-1197 Codaganga Silver massa coin; and Copper massa coin : Very Rare
  * 1197_1211 Lilavati massa coin
  * 1200_1202 Sahasamalla massa coin
  * 1208_1209 DharmasokaDeva massa coin - Eighth massa coin : Extreamly Rare.

Dambadeniya Period
  * 1236_1271 ParakramaBahu II massa coin
  * 1271_1273 Vijayabahu IV massa coin
  * 1273_1284 BhuvanaikaBahu massa coin
  * 1391_1397 Vira Bahu II Standing Bull massa coin

Kotte Period.
  * 1415_1468 ParakramaBahu VI massa coin : Scarce

Colonial 1500 CE to 1869 CE

Local Coins during Colonial Period
  * Kandyan Larin coins
  * Kotte Panama coin
  * Kandyan Panama coin

The Portuguese Occupation 1505 to 1655 : Coins of Ceilao. Map

Foreign Coins that circulated in Portugese Ceilao
  * 1520-1594 - Ottoman Empire gold Othmanli coins
  * 1570-1577 - Alvise Moceenigo Venetian gold Ducat coin

Coins from Goa and Mallaca
  * 1521-1527 Joao III : Bazaruco Eighth coin
  * 1598-1621 Filipe II : Bazaruco Half coin
  * 1621-1640 Filipe III : 163x D M : Xerafim A M coin - ½ M A coin - ¼ A M coin
  * 1640-1656 Joao IV : 1650 Cross Xerafim coin

Coins issued for or in Ceilao
  * 1598-1621 Filipe II : Copper Bazaruco Half coin - Silver Tanga GridIron coin
  * 1621-1640 Filipe III : Tutenag Bazaruco GridIron Half coin
   Silver 1631 SL Tanga coin - 1640 CLo Tanga coin
  * 1640-1656 Joao IV : Silver Goa D S Asia 1641 Tanga coin - Two Tanga coin
              1645 GridIron Tanga coin - St John Two Tanga coin

The Dutch VOC Occupation 1656 to 1795 : Coins of Ceilon. Map

Silver Coins VOC counter marked for use in Dutch period in Ceilon
  * Colombo: VOC-C on 4Shasii AH1064 Abbasi coin
  * Jaffna: VOC-I + R on Goa St John 1652 double Tanga coin
  * Galle: GALL on Goa St John 165x double Tanga coin

Coins from Dutch Batavia and South India which circulated in Ceilon
  * 1644 . . . . . - Batavia VOC 1/2 Stuiver copper cast coin
  * 1646-1794 - Dutch VOC Pulicat copper Dump coins
  * 1700-1784 - Dutch VOC Negapatnam copper Dump coins
  * 1747-1784 - Negapatnam gold Porto Novo one Swami Pagoda coin
  * 1761-1782 - Mysore gold Haidar Ali two Swami Pagoda coin

Foreign Coins that circulated in Dutch Ceilon
  * 1779-1789 - Paolo Ranieri Venetian gold Ducat coin

  * 1113 AH . . . - Surat Silver rupee : Treasure of the Great Basses Reef.
     1695-1701 - Encrusted coin - Cleaned coin - Aurangzeb coins

Coins from the United Provinces Netherlands that circulated in Ceilon
  * 1750-1780 - Gold Trade Ducat; Holland: coin
  * 1772-1793 - Silver Rider Ducatoon; Holland: coin
  * 1606-1672 - Silver Rijks Daalder; Zeeland: coin
  * 1606-1699 - Lion Daalder - the original silver Dollar; West Friesland: coin
  * 1694-1794 - Liberty Guilders - 20 Stuivers; Gelderland: coin; Holand: coin
  * 1694-1794 - Standing Liberty X Stuivers; Holand: coin
  * 1601 . . . . . - Roos-Schelling - 6 Stuivers; Holland: coin
  * 1671-1767 - Scheepjes-Schelling - 6 Stuiver; Holland: coin; Zeeland: coin
  * 1672-1738 - Hoedjes-Schelling - 6 Stivers; Zeeland: coin
  * 1681-1691 - Ryder-Schelling - 6 Stivers; Campen: coin; Daventer: coin;
      . . . . . . . .  - Zutphen: coin
  * 1601 . . . .  - Arend-Schelling - 6 Stivers; Zwolle: coin
  * 1614-1675 - Lion of the Provinces Doubbeltjes - 2 Stuivers; Gelderland: coin;
      . . . . . . . .  - Kampen: coin; Overijssel: coin; West Friesland: coin; Zeeland: coin
  * 1672-1794 - Crowned Provincial Arms Doubbeltjes - 2 Stuivers; Holland: coin;
      . . . . . . . .  - West Friesland: coin; Zeeland: coin
  * 1786-1792 - Crowned Federation Arms Doubbeltjes - 2 Stuivers; Gelderland: coin
  * 1738-1764 - Bezem Stuiver; Friesland: coin; Holland: coin
  * 1681-1737 - Provincial Arms Stuiver; Holland: coin; Zeeland: coin

VOC Coins which circulated in Ceilon
  * 1728-1741 - Silver Rider Ducatoon; Holland: coin
  * 1786-1791 - Guilder; Utrecht: coin
  * 1786-1791 - Ten Stuiver; West Friesland: coin
  * 1726-1795 - Duit; Gelderland: coin; Holland: coin; Utrecht: coin;
      . . . . . . . .  - West Friesland: coin; Zeeland: coin
  * 1749-1790 - Half Duit; Gelderland: coin; Holland: coin; Utrecht: coin;
      . . . . . . . .  - West Friesland: coin; Zeeland: coin

Dutch Colonial coins minted for or in Ceilon
  * 1695 . . . . . - Dutch Kali Negapatnam copper Dump coins
  * 1660-1720 - Dutch Wreath Series copper Dump coins
  * 1747 . . . . . - අක මිල Aka Mila - 1/8 Duit - Tin-Lead coin
  * 1783-1795 - Colombo Jaffna Galle Trincomalee VOC copper Dump coins
  * 1783-1794 - Tuticorin/Colombo gold Porto Novo one Swami Pagoda coin
  * 1784-1786 - Colombo Silver Rupiyal 1784 coin
  * 1787-1789 - Colombo Silver Rupiyal 1787 coin
  * 1785 . . . . . - Colombo VOC 4 3/4 stuiver Bonk bar coin : Old Forgery ?
  * 178Z-1786 - Colombo VOC Dove on mango tree tin dump coin
  * 1789-1791 - Colombo VOC Lead dump 1 DT coin
  * 1792-1793 - Colombo VOC Lead dump 1 DUIT coin

The British Stiver Period 1796 to 1824 : Coins of Ceylon Map

Foreign Coins that circulated in Ceylon
  * 1740-1807 - Madras gold Three Swami Pagoda coin
  * 1740-1807 - Madras gold Star one Swami Pagoda coin
  * 1799-1831 - Mysore gold Krishna Raja two Swami Pagoda coin
  * 1817 . . . . . - Spanish gold Ferdin VII Half Escudo coin

British colonial coins minted for or in Ceylon
  * 1801-1816 - Copper Elephant dump coins
  * 1802 . . . . . - Copper Elephant mint coins
  * 1803-1809 - Silver Elephant dump coins
  * 1813 . . . . . - Copper C.G 1/4 Pice coin : Photo
  * 1814 . . . . . - Silver Fanam Token coin
  * 1815 . . . . . - Georgius III Elephant copper stiver coins
  * 1821 . . . . . - Georgius IV Elephant silver Rix Dollar coin
  * 1822 . . . . . - Silver `Anchor' Fractional Spanish Dollar coins
  * 1823 . . . . . - Crown Counter-Marked Madras Rupee coin; Quarter coin

The British Sterling Period1825 to 1869 : Coins of Ceylon.
  * 1841 - 1890 - Coffee Mills Token coins

Modern Decimal 1870-

The British Monarchs1870 to 1947.
  * 1870-1901 - Queen Victoria coins
  * 1902-1910 - Edward VII King & Emperor coins
  * 1911-1929 - George V King and Emperor of India coins
  * 1937-1945 - George VI King and Emperor of India coins

The Independent Lanka1948 to 1971.
  * 1951 . . . . . - King George the Sixth coins
  * 1955-1957 - Queen Elizabeth Second coin
  * 1963-1971 - Lanka Definitive issue coins

The Republic of Sri Lanka1972 - current.
  * 1972-2013 - Sri Lanka Definitive issue coins

Commemorative issues

  * 1957-2012 - Commemorative Issues coins - CLT - NCLT - Thematic - 50th

25 District

  * 2013 - Rs 10 coins

Official Patterns

  * 1942-1975 - Rare Patterns

Exonumia

  * Gold sovereigns

  * Miscelaneous medals
  * Telephone tokens
  * Amusment tokens from Slot Machines.
  * Casino tokens

Fantasy

  * 1821 . . . . - Gold gilt oversize Ceylon Rix Dollar Medal.
  * 1936 . . . . - Edward VIII Fantasy Medal Crown(1954) - Sovereign(1984)
  * 1978 . . . . - Sri Lanka Large Cent coin

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