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I have a coin from Ceylon ca 1250ad the container it's in

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HI I have a coin from Ceylon ca 1250ad the container it's in reads Para Bama Bahu , Kings of Kandy, Monkey God Thanks Kitty.
JA: I always love having an appraiser look at my stuff. Sometimes its turned out to be surprisingly valuable. Tell us what else you do know and the Antiques Appraiser will be able to better assist you.
Customer: It's the size of a Penney,covered with like Egyptian raised symbols.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Antiques Appraiser should know?
Customer: Years ago l found it in an old catalog , but I don't remember anything.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Nora replied 2 months ago.


Please send images at your convenience.


Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I took 5 photos. Tried to get the edge of the coin as its faceted corespondent to the beads along the edge. It's not
magnetic in fact l see it shines up from my handling this little bit....silver?? How fun! Hadn't taken it seriously .
It looks like iron or dark bronze or fake.��
Expert:  Nora replied 2 months ago.


Thank you for the images. Please allow me some time to look these over for you.


Expert:  Nora replied 2 months ago.


Thank you for your patience.

Most of these 13th century Kings of Kandy coins are bronze, some are of copper.

Yours is referred to as the Octopus Man coin.

There are quite a number available on the market, which does drive down the sale value. Currently, they sell for an average of $10 - $20 each on today's market.

Here are links for you to sale examples:

This is currently on Ebay and ending soon:

Here is one offered for $13:

These have sold in the past:





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