Lanka : 9-10th Century
Gold Type II Kahavanu - Lotus & Adahanda.

The anonymous gold Type II Kahavanu known as Lotus and Adahanda(crescent Moon). Codrington Kahavanu Type II(1).

DenominationOne Kahavanu
MetalGold 0.66
AlloyCu/Ag = 0.10
Diameter19.3 mm
Thickness mm
Weight Std.4.53 gms
Weight4.4 gms
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Codrington 48 ; OMRS-38
Obverse : Standing figure Kuvera of with oblong head to right. Crown curved line behind head with small horizontal line below and a triangle of linked dots behind. In a Dhoti (garment) indicated by two curved lines on either side, standing on a lotus plant stalk ending ending left in chank, and right in five-leaved flower. Left hand is bent, and holds in front of the face, a full-blown Lotus represented by a circle of dots with dot in center. The right arm is extended with hand over a symbol (1a) consisting of a straight shaft with short cross pieces, ending in four prongs, which are narrow and curve upward and downward. The elbow is over a similer symbol (2) but with a plain shank and upside down. To right four annulet with dot in center (Target). A beaded circle along the periphery of the coin.
Reverse :A figure Bahirava, head right crown as on obverse without horizontal line. Squatting upon asana, (a bed-like throne) represented by a rectangular frame fairly long, divided lengthwise by a line and four cross lines ( 10 compartments). dhoti represented by lines between the legs, the two ends at the waist appearing at either side of the body. The right arm is pendent over the right knee, which is drawn up; the left arm is bent, and holds in front of the face, two semicircles one within the other called Adahanda(cresent moon). In field to right, Nagari legend in three lines :
1 2 3 4 5Third aksharaleaning on its side to left.
SriLankaVibhu Vibhu is a title of Vishnu.
A beaded circle along the periphery of coin.

The Kahavanu was scanned at 600dpi and displayed at 300dpi. The coin was purchased in 2014 from a dealer in Colombo, Sri Lanka.