Coin and Paper Money Collecting/Coins & notes


Dear Sir,

I'm a new coin and currency collector who is just starting my collection.

I wanted to say thank you for publishing all that information on coins and it has been very resourceful as there are not many sources which you can get information.

I would just like to get your advice on coin collecting and any places or people who are trusted sellers. any place which you might recommend in Sri Lanka? I have met few sellers in chatam street, the seem to be having exaggerated prices.

Hope you can guide me.. do respond when time permits..

Thank you so much,


I agree that Irfan down chatham Street has crazy prices. That is well known.
He seems to find ignorant Foreigners with limited time to sell to.
The others are OK but they are not cheap since supply is limited.
I purchased most of mine o eBay while I was in USA between 1997 and 2001.

There are dealers who sell at Stamp Shows. Their prices are market value.
There is a stamp show at Post Office Head Quarters in D.R. Wijewardena Mawatha
once every 2 months. Next is on 2016 December 2,3,4 from 9 AM to 6 PM

You can also attend the monthly meeting of the Sri Lanka Numismatic Society
which meets on the 3rd Sunday of every month at the Roayal Asiatic Society at 2PM
where there is a small coin Auction by some collectors.

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Dr Kavan Ratnatunga


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 and which may help you identify your banknote or 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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