It was equivalent to 1/96 (gold coin) and 1/48 (copper coin) of a Rupee. ‘United East India Company’ was printed on one side with the year it was issued. The Royal Coat of Arms and the value of the coin could be seen on the other side of the coin. On one side of these coins there was an image of a tusker and the year it was issued.

When these coins passed from one to another, various unique markings were added by each owner. As a result, these coins bear a multitude of different symbols. One particular coin contains 20 such markings which include the sun, the moon, a tusker, a dog, and a keanu inu coin price tree. It has been determined that over 500 unique markings were used on the ‘Kahapana’ coins. It is believed that these coins were initially produced in India and not in Sri Lanka. Due to international trade, these coins reached Sri Lanka via Indian vendors.

The practice of engraving the name of the King on coins continued from the beginning of the Polonnaruwa era until the end of the Dambadeni era. The coins that belonged to the period of the Polonnaruwa Kingdom bore the name of the King responsible for their production in ’Naagari Akshara’ or ‘Naagari characters’. But King Nishankamalla’s name appeared as Sri Kaligalakeja. The ‘Kahapana’ had been in use in Sri Lanka from 3rd century  B.C. Upon close inspection of the great irrigation projects of those times, it becomes clear that the disciplines of engineering and agriculture were highly developed in Sri Lanka. The island also had an efficient trading system in place.

  1. These particular coins have the Portuguese Coat of Arms flanked by the letters GA on one side and the letters DS (superimposed) on the opposite side.
  2. The Cetu was issued in the 13th century under the rule of king Aryachakravarthi who ruled in Jaffna.
  3. This series of coins bear the Portuguese Coat of Arms on one side (with GA imprinted on either side) and an image of a Saint on the flipside.
  4. It is likely that these dots indicate the value of the coin.

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In particular, Queen Leelawathi was in power in three different periods but there is no way of knowing which coins bearing her name came from which of the three periods. Several types of Copper Roman coins were used in Sri Lanka. The fact that these coins were found all over Sri Lanka indicates that they were widely in use at the time.

Up until the last half of Dutch Sri Lanka, only coins were used in transactions. But in the final years of the 1700s, Dutch security expenditure increased exponentially. The expenditure vastly surpassed income and almost emptied the treasury. The birth of the banknote took place against this backdrop. Therefore Gini Maessa coins were minted and issued in memory of his final moments.

Coins used in Anuradhapura Era

A large number of such coins were discovered in Navimana, Matara. A number of Roman coins of which some were minted in Rome as well as in Sri Lanka were found in archeological excavations in Sigiriya and Anuradhapura. Information detailing these endeavors can be found in epigraphs, ‘Vansha Katha’ (Chronicles of Dynasties), ancient texts and letters as well as in archeological evidence. Coins and epigraphs have a special place among this evidence.

Lakshmi Plaques

The diameter of this coin is between ½ – ¾ inches and it weighs between grains. Keanu Inu price in US Dollar has increased by 0.00% in the last 1 month. KEANU is down -2.13% against Ethereum and down -1.16% against Bitcoin in the last 1 month.

Coins used in Kandy Era

Coins minted in different eras are different in size as well. The coins are circular with a squareshaped hole in the center. The Chinese Emperor’s name is engraved in Chinese calligraphy along the four sides of the square. There are no markings or images on the flipside of the coin. In addition to the coins that were acquired through international trade; it appears that Roman coins were also minted in Sri Lanka.

However, until the Kotte Era, the only invaders were the Chola. Despite such instabilities, we were able to make profits through international trade (via the Silk Road), win praise and maintain our splendid international reputation. But in 1453 A.D, the situation changed as a consequence of the fall of Constantinople (Capital of the Byzantine Empire).

The coins have been found during excavations in Anuradhapura and the Northern regions of the island. On the other side, there are three or sometimes four dots. It is likely that these dots indicate the value of the coin.

Europeans began to seek a route to the East over the great ocean. Eventually, the Europeans were victorious in the East and the West. As a result, Sri Lanka was colonized by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the English respectively. In the 10th century, a gold coin known as ‘Masuran’ was used in transactions. Because gold is a rare and precious metal, the ‘Masuran’ gradually went out of use.

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news, and historical data for Bitcoin and thousands of altcoins. In 2005, the Central Bank issued a new series of circulation coins of Rs.5 and Rs.2 by changing their weight and alloy, while Re. 1, Cts.50 and Cts.25 coins were issued by changing the size, alloy, weight and colour. Rupees 5 (Nickel / Brass) and Rupees 2 (Copper / Nickel) circulation coins were introduced in 1984 instead of the five rupee and two-rupee notes.