Vijayabahu I, after a
protracted and desultory warfare, was able to expel the Cholas and reunite Sri
Lanka in one sovereignty in A.D. 1070.
Though coins of fairly good
gold approaching the kalanda standard are rarely found, the metal is
often either silver or gold so debased as to be hardly distinguishable from
silver. It is evident that there has been a marked degeneration in the fineness
of the metal used in his coinage in the course of his long reign of fifty-five
The Vijayabahu gold coin, quite similar to the later copper massas of this era, is usually found in pale gold or even in base metal, coins of good gold are rare.
Copper coins with the legend Sri
Vijayabahu belong to Vijayabahu IV. Vijayabahu I died at the age of
seventy-three, about A.D. 1111.
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