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9783895006456

Walburg, Reinhold

Coins and Tokens from Ancient Ceylon

Ancient Ruhuna. Sri Lanka-German Archaeological Project in the Southern Province. Vol. 2. Ed. by H.-J. Weisshaar, S. Dissanayake and W. Wijeyapala

2008
19.0 x 29.0 cm, 412 p., 266 illustrations b/w, 4 maps, hardback
79,00 €

ISBN: 9783895006456
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Short Description

Coins are a principal source to elucidate both the pattern of trade between Sri Lanka and the western world in late antiquity and the island’s monetary and economic history. The study first and foremost critically compiles and annotates the finds of Late Roman, ancient Indian and local coins discovered in Sri Lanka.

Description

Coins are our principal source to elucidate both the pattern of trade between Sri Lanka and the western world in late antiquity and the island’s monetary and economic history of this period. Of the specimens discovered in Sri Lankan soil only two sorts were of significance: Indian silver punch-marked coins and their imitations were used as an all purpose money or general currency, whereas Late Roman “chicken feed copper” coins and their imitations functioned as special purpose money for essentially monastic purposes.
The study first and foremost critically compiles, annotates and publishes – partly for the first time – the finds of Late Roman coins, ancient Indian and local coins and coin-like objects discovered in Sri Lanka from 1584 to 2005. This compilation is supplemented by a list of hoards of mediaeval Sinhalese and Chinese hoards and rounded off by a digest of findings of Late Roman coins in India.

Keywords

4th century, c 300 to c 399 (45) || 5th century, c 400 to c 499 (47) || 6th century, c 500 to c 599 (44) || 7th century, c 600 to c 699 (34) || Antiques & collectables (16) || Archaeology (368) || Archaeology by period / region (288) || Ceylon || Collecting coins, banknotes, medals, seals (numismatics) (8) || Cultural & media studies (214) || Cultural studies (196) || Indian sub-continent (25) || Material culture (17) || Society & culture: general (297) || Sri Lanka (Ceylon) || antike Handelsgeschichte (2) || antike Numismatik (2) || antike Wirtschaftsgeschichte || c 1 CE to c 500 CE (147) || c 500 CE to c 1000 CE (170)