Lanka : 8-9th Century
Gold Type I Ada Kahavanu
ghata (Vase)

The anonymous gold Type I Ada Kahavanu - ghata (Vase), from 8-9th Century Lanka. Codrington Ada Type I B. The crown on the reverse resembles the helmet of the "seated horseman" at Isurumuniya, Anuradhapura.

DenominationOne Kahavanu
MetalGold 0.??
AlloyCu/Ag 0.??
Diameter17.5 mm
Thickness?.0 mm
Weight Std.2.27 gms
Weight2.13 gms
ada_jl_au_obverse ada_jl_au_reverse
Codrington 55 ; OMRS-25
Obverse : A Standing figure Kuvera, head to right, with Nose, mouth and eye shown; crown, a semicircular line from top to back of head, ending at the bottom in a thickened line. The right arm is pendent. The left arm is bent with forearm at right angles to body, holds a Full vase (purnaghata) over which a chank. Compare with Kahavanu Type I B(1). Legs bent right, dhoti (garment), indicated by the curved line on either side. No line between the legs. To left outside arm, a standing lamp. To right, a squat fire alter. A beaded circle along the periphery of the coin.
Reverse : In A beaded circle Nagari legend Sri Lamka Beneath to left a quatrefoil, to right, a smaller ka the meaning of which is not clear.

See also Ada Kahavanu which is the Plate Specimen #55 in Codrington's Ceylon Coins and Currency, and was in the Colombo National Museum Collection.

I thank Jan Lingen who kindly permited me to use the image of this extremely rare gold ada kahavanu from his collection, which he uploaded to zeno which have been reduced to 600 dpi and displayed at 350 dpi.