Oldest name of Sri Lanka or Ceylon was Lanka, it is the term used in Ramayana of Valmiki .It says that “Grey and green and glorious Lanka was like garden of the sky”. Of course it is a truth to say that Sri Lanka is the pearl of Indian Ocean with its immense natural beauty with glamorous Indian Ocean around it, beaches with glittering sand,rain forests rich with rare flora and fauna, magnificent waterfalls and rivers. It also inherits a proud history which runs back more than 2500 years from the arrival of Aryan settles from Northern India. But even before this there are some historical evidences of prevalence of a civilized community. Money was in use in Ceylon from a surprisingly early period. Excavations at Batalanda cave in Kitulgala showed that sea cowries had been taken up there 15,000 years ago. Ceylon was one of the earliest issuers of coinage in the world.” Archaeologists have found Sinhala coins dating from fifth century BC. Excavations at Anuradhapura Gedige produced a series of silver-plated coins dated to 400- 200 BC.
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