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).
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.
|Alloy||Cu/Ag = 0.10|
|Weight Std.||4.53 gms|
|Codrington 48 ; OMRS-38
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 :
A beaded circle along the periphery of coin.
|1 ||2 3 ||4 5||Third aksharaleaning on its side to left.
Vibhu is a title of Vishnu.
The Kahavanu was scanned at 600dpi and displayed at 300dpi.
The coin was purchased in 2014 from a dealer in Colombo, Sri Lanka.