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Ancient Coins of Sri Lanka (Ceylon)
Sri Lanka is a small island nation around 31 km from south of India. According to Pliny, Annius Plocamus a Roman freedman, visited Sri Lanka in the first century A.D. Sri Lanka responded, sending a delegation to Rome during the reign of the Claudius, A.D. 41 - 54 (N.H. VI.23.84). Another Roman named Sopatros, traveled to Sri Lanka, probably in the fifth century A.D. (Cosmas Indicopleustes, Christian Topography XI.17-19). The ancient port of Mantota may have been an important port of call between China and Rome.