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SubjectDate Asked
Forgeries in Galle7/27/2016
  Q: Good day Dr Ratnatunga It seems like I was duped by the same people as in your page (which I found ...
  A: As they say always read about the coins before you buy. You see these scammers even in this Youtube ...
Banknotes7/1/2016
  Q: I'm a banknotes collector and I'd like to purchase Sri Lankan and Ceylon banknotes. I'll be in ...
  A: Many of the Antique Shops down Chatham Street in Colombo Fort will have notes for Sale. There is ...
"Lakshmi" plaque4/17/2016
  Q: Your page about these is most informative. I have one that is 27x12, about 0.8 g, cast or struck I'm ...
  A: I too suspect it is a modern fantasy The style with parted legs is also wrong Where did you get it ? ...
Sri Lankan Banknotes3/15/2016
  Q: I am a banknote enthusiast & a collector of banknotes from India. I have a some collection of ...
  A: I am a collector and not a dealer. I do not sell or trade in coins or Currency. It also not legal to ...
inquiry about one ruppe authentication11/13/2015
  Q: I purchased several rupee notes on eBay and they seems pretty good and original. but they don't ...
  A: I don't understand. These are known dates. Both dates are listed in ...
Need Address of coin shop in colombo10/27/2015
  Q: Sir, i Need addresses of coin dealers in Colombo as will be visiting srilanka in 1st week of ...
  A: Many of the Antique Shops down Chatham Street in Colombo Fort will have coins for Sale. There is ...
Ebay merchants1/23/2015
  Q: I read on your website that you purchase coins from ebay. Can you please recommend some genuine ebay ...
  A: I purchased coins on eBay from 1997 to 2005. I have hardly purchased any on eBay recently since ...
Notifed when new coins are released1/22/2015
  Q: Can you please let me know how I can be notified when the Central Bank decides to release new ...
  A: You can either look in http://www.cbsl.gov.lk/htm/english/02_prs/p_1.asp?yr=2015 or you can join the ...
Coins swap1/21/2015
  Q: As a numismatic society, can we get any support from our new government to spread this good hobby to ...
  A: Very good Suggestion. However someone needs to work on it and show leadership to make it happen. ...
Sri Lanka District Series1/17/2015
  Q: I've seen this series is out, and I wanna ask you a couple of things. Do this coins really ...
  A: Yes they circulate, and I have got many from circulation. 2 million of each have been minted. The ...
sale of coin/paper money12/18/2014
  Q: Sir,Why are you not making arrangement for Fair/Sale of Ceylon/Sri Lankan Coin and Paper Money for ...
  A: Price is based on Supply and Demand. There is no way that anyone can fix prices. There are idiots ...
Sri Lanka11/21/2014
  Q: I saw the very nice coins from Sri Lanka 10 rupees 2013 on Worldcoin news. When are they available ...
  A: Many in Sri Lanka are asking the same Question. The Central Bank of Sri Lanka Press Releases are ...
2550 buddha jayanthi coins11/8/2014
  Q: can we sell this coin above face value?????
  A: There were 3 types of 2550 buddha Jayanthi coins. The Rs 5 circulation coin in circulation condition ...
Identify ancient coins11/1/2014
  Q: If you could please identify these coins for me and to mention if they are of any value. Thanks to ...
  A: Your identity of the first 3 are OK To even guess at the last 3 you will need to send me dimensions ...
10 RUPEES of Ceylon Pick 36A7/5/2014
  Q: I am a specialist collector of '10 RUPEES' of the world (Burma, Ceylon / Sri Lanka,East Africa ...
  A: The information you seek on Pick #36a is posted at ...
Value of old coins4/11/2014
  Q: i have some very old coins i got from my grandma and recently i came across few advertisements and a ...
  A: First let me recommend that you read my article in last week SundayTimes you can also find online. ...
Currency notes1/19/2014
  Q: What is the value of following used old currency notes. King George Rs 1 Queen Rs 50,100 Mr SWRD ...
  A: Prices of currency notes Depend on Condition. There could be a difference of more than a factor of ...
Larins1/14/2014
  Q: What is the value of a Larin in Portuguese era,at present?
  A: The conversion was 5 Larins to the Spanish piece of 8 Weight about 5.5 grams of Silver In the Dutch ...
enquiry on value of one cent coins1/6/2014
  Q: on a casual day there were few people in our neighbourhood willing to pay Lankan rupees 5000 for pre ...
  A: A Clever Scam This is a gimmick to motivate you to bring out your old coins for sale to them as ...
Buy old coins10/24/2013
  Q: How can I identify fack coins?? can you tell me the coin sellers and the prices of coins??
  A: You can easily identify low quality fake coins by knowing what genuine coins look like, and there ...
Buddha Coin9/3/2013
  Q: More details about Buddha Coins issued by Sri Lanka/Ceylon.
  A: See links in my web-page for Sri Lankan modern commemoratives ...
Sri Lanka Numismatic Society membership7/13/2013
  Q: I like to get the membership of Sri Lanka Numismatic Society. Could you please guide me for that? ...
  A: The Sri Lanka Numismatic Society meets every 3rd Sunday of the month (except if that is a Public ...
wierd figure6/2/2013
  Q: I'm following up all suggestions as to how to find out anything regarding this recent metal ...
  A: It is not a Lankan coin, although I agree side B has a standing man bit like that found on Massa ...
Rajaraja copper kasu10/24/2012
  Q: what was the ratio of a copper kasu coin of RajaRaja to a silver kasu and also to a gold kasu.?
  A: Interesting question for which I also would like to know the Answer. I posted your question on ...
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COINS9/26/2012
  Q: I have attached a copy of the other side of the coins, probably it did not upload on the 2nd upload. ...
  A: The upper coin is of 1200_1202 King Sahasamalla ...
SRI LANKAN ANCIENT COINS9/24/2012
  Q: I came across your website coins lakdiva.org.Please identify these coins and give me a valuation on ...
  A: These are 11th century massa coins which in Lanka sell for under a US$ since thousands are found. ...
1/8 cent7/23/2012
  Q: Ratnatunga, Someone told me about Victorian era coins with a denomination of 1/8 cents. I tried ...
  A: The Victorian Era is very well documented. There was NO 1/8th of a Cent. The cent denomination was ...
Ceylon Specimen notes7/16/2012
  Q: I recently acquired a 1970 R100 specimen note and was interested to know why this was not listed in ...
  A: Yes, I have come across them. There are two types. Some are Printer Specimens, including color ...
sri lankan coins7/8/2012
  Q: what are the absolute dating techniques that you used to determine the age of the sri lankan coins.
  A: For the oldest Ancient Lankan coins, from the Anuradhapura Era ( Before 11th century ) the coins are ...
Massa6/8/2012
  Q: The term MASSA is used for copper coins of the pollonarua and dambadeni era. where does this word ...
  A: The Term massa (pl. masu) is derived from the term masaka and is as used in Codrington's Coins and ...
penny5/19/2012
  Q: i held my penny right side up and the i turned it to the right and i turned it to the left and on ...
  A: This is the tradition for all US coins minted since the 18th century and is called the Coin ...
Indian/Sri Lankan coin??5/4/2012
  Q: I am not sure if you can help me or not, and please excuse me if this is out of your field of ...
  A: I can say definitely not from Ceylon It is probably Asian, and more like a worn bonk bar from Java ...
VOC coins and 14th/15th cent Sri lankan coins3/11/2012
  Q: I was just in Sri Lanka 3 weeks ago and I made a trip to Galle fort where I was approached by a man ...
  A: What you have is a VOC half duit, Duit and a 13th century copper massa coin ...
massa coin2/11/2012
  Q: i have just got my hands on my grandfather's coin collection. i don't have a clue about coins, but ...
  A: It depends on the type of massa coin and condition. Some are rare and worth something significant. ...
Rix Dollar2/3/2012
  Q: kavan, i would like to know if the attached photos of a 1802 rix dollar is of a genuine one, since ...
  A: First that is not a Rix Dollar. It is 1/192 fraction of a Rix Dollar or with 48 Stivers to a Rix ...
1835 east india company coin1/11/2012
  Q: i have 1 east india company coin in 1835, i want know the coin value , could u pls sent the value, ...
  A: A coin has 2 sides, you should always send images of both sides since there maybe varieties of some ...
Ceylon coin 18921/6/2012
  Q: Dr. Ratnatunga, I have an 1892 small coin with Victoria Queen on one side. Other side has has ...
  A: The value of this coin is listed in Krause SCWC (2006) from US#1.50 in Fine Grade to US$15 in ...
Need to identify this coin12/28/2011
  Q: Recently I have come accross this beautiful ancient coin. I have been trying to find out the origin ...
  A: This is not a Lankan coin. I don't identify it. A coin has two sides you should post images of ...
kotte fanams12/7/2011
  Q: I have two small gold coins exactly the same as the one illustrated on your Kotte fanam page which ...
  A: I have put all that I have found published on these coins on that page. I understand they were ...
TC Counter Mark11/11/2011
  Q: I have a larger coin counter marked TC. The letters look to be a match and fits into the 1860-1890 ...
  A: Interesting. Thanks for asking Question. The Font is the same, the era of coin also matches but ...
Buddha Jayanthi Rs 510/19/2011
  Q: I saw this listing on ebay recently. In your web site there is only an description about 4 coins ...
  A: As I say on my page http://coins.lakdiva.org/commemorative/1957_buddhajayanthi2500_5r.html 700 sets ...
Currency Regulations of Sri lanka10/6/2011
  Q: I am charan from India.I am a collector of coins and Bank Notes.I am planing to come to Sri lanka ...
  A: You are allowed to take only Rs5000/- of Sri Lankan currency out of Sri Lanka, but you should easily ...
Extremely Diverse Collection8/7/2011
  Q: This might be too simple of a question, but I'm new to coin collecting and I couldn't find a product ...
  A: The most common Holder/Album for storing modern coins issued after say 1850 is 2 inch or 1.5 inch ...
Countries Currencies (paper based and metal forms) - Glass New Media Form ?7/29/2011
  Q: Can we use Glass as a media form for future manufacturing of Indian Rupee Currencies and other ...
  A: There is many requirements for coins and Currency, one primary feature of it to be unbreakable. ...
1990 penny with no mintmark5/31/2011
  Q: Just confused I saw an add saying that a 1990 penny with no mint mark worth up to 3,000 dlls I just ...
  A: Please read answer to your question which is posted at ...
fake voc/british coins5/21/2011
  Q: this isn't actually a question, just a bit of feedback.. I'm the son of a Burgher who emigrated to ...
  A: I am curious where you purchased your coins. Was it on the ramparts of Galle Fort as I describe in ...
Ceylon Coins5/6/2011
  Q: I recently bought some coins from a collector and would like to know the history and the real value ...
  A: The coin on lower left is a Holland VOC Duit from 1753, worth under about US$1 since thousands these ...
Re: Varagam5/1/2011
  Q: I recently saw e few coins from Kandy which were identified as Varagam. Two of the appear to be Mal ...
  A: Originally a varagam was a Chalukya coin with the figure of a boar, It was also used to refer to ...
i found this penny4/3/2011
  Q: I found a 1978 penny that has licolns face on it but the licncoln memorial seems to be marked ontop ...
  A: This is a coin known as a die clash. Die clashes are formed when one die strikes the other die ...
coins and note4/1/2011
  Q: I have a jaffna coin(rare coin) * 1783 - Jaffna VOC 2 stuiver copper dump coin,2 rupee note,1rupee ...
  A: Yes the Jaffna 2 Stiver is rare, but I can't make any comment on its value without a high ...
VALUE OF MY COIN3/17/2011
  Q: I HAVE A 1818 FERDIN VII COIN. ON THE BACK IT HAS H ISPAN ET IND REX M 8R J J COULD YOU GIVE ME ...
  A: Value depends a lot on condition of coin I can't judge without an image. Without a weight I can't ...
Books on coins3/15/2011
  Q: I have 2 questions 1. Pl tell me how to find Air Force 50th Anniversary coin? 2. Also tell me ...
  A: 1) The Air Force 50th Anniversary coin is very difficult to find. 1200 were distributed by Air ...
collecting2/16/2011
  Q: Two questions: 1. How do you keep paper to last forever? 2. How do you keep your coin to last ...
  A: Forever is probably technically impossible. In ancient Lankan inscriptions they have used the term, ...
cook island $11/25/2011
  Q: could you please tell me the metal content of a 2009 cook island one dollar gold ...
  A: Yes, it is a "Genuine" Coin, A limited 25,000 Non-Circulating Legal Tender (NCLT) issue, i.e. A ...
Sri Lankan NiBrass and CuNi coins1/13/2011
  Q: I am doing research on the changing composition of world coins. Do you happen to know the actual ...
  A: According to the Royal Mint Report for 1975/76 Appendix VI Assay Office Data Sri Lanka 1 Rupee 50 ...
Fake(?) stuiver at auction in Norway1/6/2011
  Q: This is to inform you that the Norwegian auction company Skanfil has for sale at their next auction ...
  A: Auksjon: Storauksjon 173 Lot 877 http://www.skanfil.no/LotDetail.aspx?l=LOT/938570 HOLLANDSK INDIEN. ...
10 dollar bill....12/20/2010
  Q: i have a 1950 B series 10 dollar bill, just something i thought would be worth holding on too, was ...
  A: Not my Field of expertise, as I have clearly stated in my instructions. However looking it up in ...
coin value11/19/2010
  Q: Similar to Jay (10/24/2008) - I have a v nice condition Helvetia 5Fr coin but dated 1850. Is the ...
  A: The value depends a lot on condition of coin. The 2003 Krause Catalog of World Coins I have with me ...
Undefinable coins11/9/2010
  Q: Can you tell me where these coins are from and the date? The bottom rows seem to be just squiggly ...
  A: The top row are Cash coins from China with Chinese letters. The middle and bottom row have Arabic ...
value of coin10/23/2010
  Q: I have a coin from India, which has the floowing specifications: ONE RUPEE, INDIA, 1916 on one side ...
  A: The value depends a lot on condition of coin. The 2003 Krause Catalog of World Coins I have with me ...
value of coin10/23/2010
  Q: I have a coin from India, which has the floowing specifications: ONE RUPEE, INDIA, 1889 on one side ...
  A: The value depends a lot on condition of coin. The 2006 Krause Catalog of World Coins I have with me ...
1/4 coin 1905 QUEEN HEAD9/16/2010
  Q: Dr Kavan Ratnatunge, I wish to know QUEEN HEAD 1/4 coin Strait Settlement on 1905, is cost value to ...
  A: Not my Field of expertise and posted image resolution too low for this coin. However this coin in ...

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I can only answer any question regarding Paper Money, coins and Tokens that circulated in Ceylon/Sri Lanka of any era which extends back to 300 BCE. I maintain website coins.lakdiva.org which may help you identify your coin. If Country is any other or unknown, coin should have been found in Sri Lanka. Please Do not ask questions about any coins or currency of other countries including USA. Thank You.

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I maintain since 1998 the largest website on Ceylon/Sri Lankan coins and Tokens with over 600 pages.

Organizations
President Sri Lanka Numismatic Society founded in 1976

Publications
Sunday Times NewsPaper of Sri Lanka. See lakdiva.org/suntimes

Education/Credentials
BSc MS PhD in Physics/Astronomy Diploma in Museology

Awards and Honors
Contributor on Ceylon/Sri Lanka for Krause Standard Catalogs of World Coins and Paper Money.

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