Coins dating back to A’pura era found
By Kumudu Jayawardena and N. Priyadarshani (Vavuniya)
Mannar Zonal Officer attached to the Department of Archaeology (DA), M. Chaminda Silva said, an archaeological team that had been engaged in excavation work at the Nanattan area in the Mannar District had come across a pot containing ancient coins.
He said, the pot had been handed over to the Mannar Police. Afterwards, the Police had sought advice from Mannar Archaeological officers. According to the officials, the set of coins numbering 1,850, dates back to the Anuradhapura era.
They further said, this was the first time that such a large number of old coins had been discovered from the Northern Province.
Previously, another set of 300 coins had been discovered by a group of persons who were engaged in the construction of a water pipeline in the Marakkarampilai area in Vavuniya dating back to the Polonnaruwa period.
Further investigations into the discovery of the old coins are being carried out by officers of the Department headed by Silva.